Sociolinguistics at Pitt focuses on how social situations affect language and language attitudes, how these can affect the way a language is spoken, and how social meaning is expressed through language. We attempt to answer questions such as:
- How do people's identity affect the way they speak, and how does the way they speak "create" their identity?
- What happens to languages and their speakers when people of different language backgrounds find themselves living and working in the same community?
- How can governments and institutions maintain or revitalize languages, while at the same time maintaining effective communication in a community?
- How do attitudes and ideologies about language affect the way a language is spoken?
|LING 1235/2235||Language, Gender, and Society|
|LING 1240||Language and the Law|
|LING 1253||Pidgin and Creole Languages|
|LING 1263||Cross-cultural Communication|
|LING 1267||Aspects of Sociolinguistics|
|LING 1721||Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages|
|LING 1722||Deaf Culture|
|LING 2144||Research Methods in Applied Linguistics|
|LING 2234||Language Planning|
|LING 2250||Language Policies and the Education of Linguistic Minorities|
|LING 2268||Research in Sociolinguistics|
|LING 2269||Current Issues in Sociolinguistics|
|LING 2270||Advanced Sociolinguistics|
|LING 2271||Language, Nationalism, and Ethnicity|
|LING 2272||Sociology of Language|