Feb 26, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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LING 2800 - Language in America

Introduction to methods and concepts of linguistic analysis throughstudy of the history and development of language varieties in America complemented by analysis of the features and functions of dialect, lexicon, and cultural connections. Investigation of rural, urban, social, ethnic and gendered varieties of English.

Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World, Foundations: Intercultural Explorations
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to use the dialect atlas of America.
  • Students will be able to describe the ways that cultures in the United States and their languages and dialects are both accurately and inaccurately portrayed.
  • Students will be able to identify and apply the basic concepts and terms used in analyzing language and social variation.
  • Students will be able to describe differences between descriptive and prescriptive approaches and attitudes toward language.
  • Students will be able to collect aspects of linguistic phenomena for description and analysis.
  • Students will be able to explain language policies and their relevance to mono- and multi-lingual communities.
  • Students will be able to recognize features of the Linguistic Landscape.
  • Students will be able to identify, describe, and respond respectfully to linguistic and cultural features associated with geographic regions of the United States.
  • Students will be able to recognize and describe language variations associated with gender groups, ethnicities, age-ranges, cultural groups and markers of status such as SES, education, and profession/avocation.
  • Students will be able to describe and critically evaluate research into language diversity in the United States, including the effect of reearchers’ social identies on their work.
  • Students will be able to articulate insights and ask complext questions about their own speech variety and those of others with regard to cultural rules and biases.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of elements that contribute to a particular speech variety with regard to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
  • Students will be able to initiate and develop interactions with others who use different speech varieties while suspending judgment in valuing his / her interactions with linguistically and culturally different others.
  • Students will be able to effectively engage in teamwork by actively contributing, fostering constructive interaction, and managing conflict.

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