Linguistics | Indiana Dialects
E104 | 0007 | Botne, R.
E104 Indiana Dialects & Language Variation (Botne)
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 affiliation.
Consequently, they affect the impressions we have of those we meet
around us every day. 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.