LANGUAGE AND LAW

This course investigates how language defines, manages, and determines the outcomes of all aspects of the legal arena. Emphasis is placed on forensic linguistics, linguistic variability and its impact on the legal arena, language policy, and legal language.

LANGUAGE AND GENDER

This course examines the theoretical, cultural, and social grounding of gender and language use. We use analytical tools from linguistics, cognitive science, cultural anthropology, psychology and biology. Emphasis is placed on the historical role of gender in such research, and the debates that result as perspectives shift.

LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY

This course treats language as a social phenomenon to show how language, personal identity and institutions of social control inter-relate. The course focuses on linguistic interaction in daily life and how gender, ethnic, class, activity, and geographic variation affect language use.