Global Village Living-Learning Center | Variation in World Languages: Why do the talk like that?
G110 | 25456 | Manolo Triano Lopez


Is Ebonics a language or a dialect? Why do Norwegians understand
Swedes better than Swedes understand Norwegians? Where can you hear
expressions such as MIGHT WILL CAN'T and SHOULD MIGHT BETTER? What
expressive meanings can be conveyed by mixed languages such as
Spanglish and Franglais? What is rhyming slang and what purpose does
it serve? In what cultures is silence valued as a positive
conversational strategy? In what ways can politics affect language
use? Did you know that Xhosa-speaking married women avoid saying any
syllables that occur in the name of their in-laws?

These and other issues will be addressed in "Variation in World
Languages," a freshman-level seminar focusing on the interaction
between language and society. Drawing on examples from a wide
variety of languages, we will be looking at language variation with
respect to socioeconomic status, gender, region, style, ethnicity,
and political orientation. No previous background in linguistics is
required prior to taking this course.

This course fulfills Arts and Humanities (A & H)distribution credit.