LING 102 - Introduction to Language and Religion
This survey course examines topics related to how language structures intersect socially with concepts related to religion. Students develop tools to talk about how linguistic form and meaning reflect different properties of religion through building their knowledge of linguistics literature. Students demonstrate their ability to synthesize their own novel research that expand on current lines of research.
1 credit for Yale College students
LING 205/605 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics
This course considers the inclusion of social aspects of language use in linguistic inquiry— the dialogue between langue and parole. This course is presented as a survey of the central themes in the study of language and culture and their change over time. We explore theoretical notions (facework, power, ideology, indexicality, social meaning), methodologies for gathering sociolinguistic data (variationist/quantitative sociolinguistics, ethnography, discourse analysis), perspectives on sociolinguistic analysis at the level of the group (speech communities, communities of practice, social networks) and the individual (style, audience design, social practice), and threads of inquiry (ethnicity, gender, third wave sociolinguistics).
A basic introduction to sound systems in linguistics is helpful.
This course can be applied towards the Social Sciences Yale College distributional requirement.