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LIGN 8 - LIGN 8 Languages and Cultures of America(Spring...

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g1 g2g1 LIGN 8: Languages and Cultures of America (Spring 2010) Course goals square4 To understand and appreciate the intrinsic value of diversity of language varieties spoken in the US and beyond. square4 To use linguistics as a tool to engage in informed, critical discussions about language, culture and society. square4 To address stereotypes about language, and learn how values about language shape language attitudes, language practices and our own language identities. square4 To discuss how sociopolitical issues often masquerade as language/linguistic issues. Instructor: Prof. Gabriela Caballero ( [email protected] ) Meeting time & place: MWF 1:00-1:50pm, Center Hall 105 Office hours: Th 1-2pm, AP&M 4210 Course website: accessible via WebCT (http://webct.ucsd.edu/) Teaching assistants: Lucien Carroll ( [email protected] ) Office hours: T 11:30-12:30pm and F 2-3pm, AP&M 3351A Bethany Keffala ( [email protected] ) Office hours: W 2-4, AP&M 3331B How to communicate with us: square4 All public inquiries regarding the course should be posted on the discussion board on WebCT. Examples of public inquiries: questions about assignments or other course material. The discussion board will be monitored by Lucien for an hour every weekday. square4 All private inquiries regarding the course should be addressed by e-mail to Bethany . Examples of private inquiries: questions about your grade or other personal issues. square4 Please put “Lign8” and a description of the message’s contents in the subject line of all email. square4 All communications with us must be courteous and respectful if you expect a response! Course requirements A) Regular attendance and participation square4 Attendance is required . square4 Lecture slides will be made available via WebCT (http://webct.ucsd.edu/). Slides will only be available after class — please don’t ask for them in advance. B) Readings square4 Course textbook : available at the UCSD Bookstore. Finegan, E. & J.R. Rickford (eds). 2004. Language in the USA, Themes for the Twenty-first Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. square4 Additional readings also available online via Course Reserves (http://reserves.ucsd.edu/). square4 Do the assigned reading prior to attending the lecture for which the reading was assigned. Lectures will generally build on the material in the readings, not simply recapitulate it, and will definitely go beyond that material in certain respects. You will be lost if you don’t read! square4 You will not be reading for all the details and all the facts. You are reading for the arguments, main points, issues, and reasoning . That doesn’t mean that you skim, but it does mean that you should learn to read without getting bogged down trying to remember details. C) WebCT homework assignments (worth 30% of course grade) square4 One due every other week beginning Week 2. (First assignment is an anonymous survey.) square4 Generally multiple-choice and true/false questions covering any course material.
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