Introduction to Languages in Contact/Sociolinguistics

This course introduces students to the theory and methodology of sociolinguistics, with particular application to multilingualism and languages in contact. We will be looking at a wide range of topics from an international as well as an African perspective. These include patterns of linguistic diversity worldwide, identity and language use, language and gender, social aspects of language change (with an excursion into the history and development of hip hop), digital language, societal multilingualism, language shift, language policy and planning for multilingual societies, language and rural development, and language variation and change. Students will also receive hands-on training on how to design sociolinguistic research projects and conduct sociolinguistic fieldwork in multilingual settings.