Language and Identity


Language is a central and pervasive feature of human identity through which we portray ourselves and negotiate social identities. This course examines how language and identity are linked and interact. Using examples from media, film, pop culture and ethnographic data, we will explore how speakers portray themselves and negotiate social identities through language, and how ideas about it inform our understanding and interpretation of society and speakers within it. We will look at the use of different linguistic resources (such as accent, grammar vocabulary and style) to express different identities and how society at large perceives and interprets them. Open only to Focus Program students. Department consent required.

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Curriculum Codes
  • R
  • CZ
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • ROMST 207FS
Typically Offered
Fall Only