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I teach a variety of courses, primarily centering on topics in sociolinguistics and corpus and computational linguistics. On this page, I list some of my current and recent courses. Students: Please check UO Canvas for course materials.

Courses - Spring 2016

Seminar: African American English: Structure and Variation (Ling 407/507)

African American English (AAE) is by far the most researched, the most publicly recognized, and most controversial language variety in the United States. AAE has long been a central object of study in North American sociolinguistics, where researchers have investigated its structure, its origins, and its current trajectories of change relative to Mainstream American English, and have simultaneously sought to combat misunderstandings about AAE (and all language differences) held by the public and the press. In this seminar, we explore a range of these important topics in the study of AAE and in the societal applications for (socio)linguistic research. In addition to reading and discussing major works about African American English from several linguistic perspectives (primarily sociolinguistic), students also have the opportunity to conduct primary research or educational projects using the new Corpus of Regional African American Language, a public resource currently under development in the UO Linguistics Department.

Courses - Winter 2016

Sociolinguistics (Ling 491/591)

This is an upper-level course in which we will explore the study of social variation in language and language use. The course surveys core areas and concepts of sociolinguistics and introduces the methods that sociolinguists use to study the relationships between society and language, language and identity, and language change. We approach our topics primarily from one of the most central theoretical approaches to language variation and change, exploring what is known as variationist sociolinguistics. We also consider the relationship between sociolinguistics and other areas of linguistic research. Finally, we address the educational and social outcomes of developing better knowledge of sociolinguistic variation.
Sociolinguistics is an empirical discipline. We learn about the relationships between language and social structure and the processes of language variation and change by investigating language as it is produced by normal talkers in real-life situations. In this course, we will be learning by doing – a major component of this course is your participation in an empirical class research project.

Pre-req: Ling 301 or equivalent

Required course texts:

  • Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation, Sali Tagliamonte (2006). Cambridge.

Other & older courses

Social Networks in Linguistics (Ling 407/507; Winter 2013)
Sociophonetics Seminar (Ling 407/507; Winter 2014)
Corpus Development and Use for Field Linguistics (Ling 607; Spring 2012)
Language in Society in the U.S. (Ling 296; Spring 2012, Fall 2012, 2013, 2014)
Sociolinguistics (Ling 491/591; Winter 2012, 2013, 2015)
Corpus Linguistics (Ling 410/510; Spring 2011, 2013, 2015)
Language Variation and Change Research Seminar (Ling 407/507; Winter 2011)
Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Ling 390; Fall 2010 & Spring 2011)

Last updated: March 2016, Tyler Kendall