LING 6302 The Sociolinguistics of West Indian Language and Society

Pre-requisites: LING 2302

Students in this course will learn to describe precisely the nature of the linguistic landscape in the wider Caribbean region, and analyse critically the social, political, economic, environmental and legal issues associated with these languages. They will also learn to evaluate the issues peculiar to minority and indigenous languages, with special reference to the wider Caribbean region and will be able to recognise and evaluate the issues and processes involved in making and implementing policy for vernacular languages. They will analyse critically the various approaches to the study of language situations which have been adopted by linguists over the past five (5) decades, with special reference to attempts to account for and describe variation in non-standard languages. They will Identify the possible approaches to research on Caribbean languages, with special reference to variation.

Method of Instruction: 3 weekly seminar hours
Assessment: 100% in-course assessment (sociolinguistic profile of a particular Caribbean territory (30%); critical analysis of specified sociolinguistic approaches to description of Caribbean territories (40%); preparation of a language policy proposal for a named Caribbean territory (30%)

This course is part of the MA in English Language, and is normally offered in Semester 1. Find out about Field Trips.