The Multi-Accented Life
In this course, we will examine biographical writings as well as songs from different genres and in different languages in order to understand how accent can play a role in speakers’ identities. We will work with the sociolinguistic definition of accent as a way of a speaker’s pronunciation that shares characteristics with other speakers in specific communities. How and why do speakers develop, use, or lose their accents over the course of their lifetimes? (How) can shifts in speakers’ accents point to shifts in their subject positions and relationships to themselves and others?
This course fulfills the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. Class conducted in ENGLISH.