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LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY (4 cr.)
This course examines language as it is used in everyday interaction rather than in a textbook. All of us use language to express who we are and to discover who others are. In doing so, we may notice that people speak differently. We will examine those differences and what they seem to mean; that is, we focus on the relationships between language use and the social structures in which we live – communities and educational institutions, to name but two. As part of this focus, we look at how language variation relates to social characteristics such as gender, ethnic identity and social class and how social factors mold our attitudes toward other languages and other dialects (Ebonics, ASL, e.g.). Also offered as WOST. This class counts as one of the four Writing Intensive courses required for graduation. It does not meet the liberal arts core requirement in literature.