ENG 234 : Language in Society

 Course description

ENG234 examines language variation within different linguistic communities and looks at various social factors that may explain such variation. Readings and lectures will explore issues in sociolinguistics such as Language, standard language, dialect, accent, register, style, pidgins , creoles, code switching and multilingualism.

Course Objectives 

The overall goal of this course is to make visible the unseen but ever-present force of language in one's life by examining how language and communicative patterns shape one's beliefs about one's self and others in society. The objectives of the course include

  • introducing students to sociolinguistics  approaches to studying language functions in society
  • studying the relationship between language and society
  • exploring how language provides cohesion and power in conversations between different members of social groups.
  • examining  prevalent questions in Arabic sociolinguistic