Honors | Lost in Translation: Dialect, Language & Communication (COLL)
S104 | 26067 | Raquel Anderson


TuTh 2:30-3:45pm

This course will be a comprehensive introduction to language and
language variation and how this variation impacts communication
across individuals and across cultures. Within this framework, we
will address the disparity between social reality and linguistic
analysis of variation. Included in this discussion are various
comparisons between social beliefs and scientific fact, that is,
what language entails and what the layperson understands about
language and its variation. To discuss language variation, several
of topics will be introduced, focusing primarily on how social and
individual factors impact how we speak and use language for
communication. Variables such as gender, age, race/ethnicity,
geography and socio economic status will be presented to show how
individual and social characteristics are reflected in language
variation. In addition, the topics of cross-cultural communication,
the relationship between language and culture, and language and
identity will be interspersed within this discussion. Central to
this discussion will be the linguistic reality present in the United
States; thus, examples of variation within American English and
across language communities in this country will be used throughout
class. Practical applications of the issues presented and discussed
in class will be included, in particular, educational practices and
assessment of language disability. Applied activities will include
interviews and language sampling, analysis of movies, songs, and
television programs.