Honors | Indiana Dialects & Language Variation
E104 | 0161 | Botne, R.


Overview: Language differences are inevitable in a society composed of
numerous social and ethnic groups. These differences in language serve as
one of the most obvious indicators of social and regional variations.
Consequently, they and ethnic groups. These differences in language serve
as one of the most obvious indicators of social and regional variations.
Consequently, they affect the impressions we have of those we meet around
us everyday. In this course students will consider what it means to talk
about dialects in general and Indiana dialects in particular. One focus
throughout the course will be the speech of young adults in Indiana: how
it might be investigated, how it differs from that identified in other
studies, whether current dialect differences match former dialect
boundaries.

Readings: The text for the course will be Dialects and American English by
Walt Wolfram. Supplementary readings will be available in a course packet.

General and discussion sections: Two general class sessions per week will
be devoted to lecture, discussion, and small group activities concerning
dialects and use. The third session will be a small discussion section of
12-15 students. The honors discussion session will focus on discussing
issues noted in the general sessions in more detail. Students will also
use this small group section to plan and carry out a research project on
Indiana dialect use or variation.