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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?

Sociolinguistics Courses
Courses Descriptions
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 2267 Sociolinguistics
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