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This course introduces sociolinguistics, the study of the relationship between language and society, with an emphasis on the Spanish language. Its focus will be on correlational linguistics (how social factors such as age, gender and socioeconomic status affect language) and language and society (the role language plays in human conduct and social organization). Course topics will include the concept of speech communities, sociolinguistic variables, phonological and syntactic variation as well as languages in contact, bilingualism, Spanish in the U.S., Spanish as a heritage language, and language attitudes and ideologies. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4120).

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 8086 or instructor permission