Language and identity
Title of the course:
Sociolinguistics: Identities, Ideologies and Interaction
This course will build on students’ knowledge of linguistic structure by looking at how particular features of languages and patterns of language use are part of the construction of identities and social categories. The main aspects of identity to be investigated will be gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, but issues of social class, age, nationality and other aspects of identity will also be addressed in the readings and discussion. Course sessions will involve discussion of the readings as well as application of theory and methods.
Day to day program:
Monday: Concepts and Methods
Thursday: Multilingual discourse
Friday: : Race and Ethnicity
Background and preparatory readings:
Wardhaugh, Ronald and Janet M. Fuller. 2015. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 7th edition. Oxford : John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Chapters 1 – 3 in particular provide a good background in basic concepts for this course.
Course readings: (listed in order of priority)
Lecture 1: Concepts and Methods
Ray, B. (2016). Stylizing Genderlect Online for Social Action: A Corpus Analysis of ‘BIC Cristal for Her’Reviews. Written Communication, 33(1), 42-67.
Lecture 2: Gender
Stokoe, E. (2010). ‘I’m not gonna hit a lady’: Conversation analysis, membership categorization and men’s denials of violence towards women. Discourse & Society 21:1.59–82.
Kreyer, R. (2015). “Funky fresh dressed to impress”: A corpus-linguistic view on gender roles in pop songs. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 20(2), 174-204.
Lecture 3: Sexuality
Ericsson, S. (2012). 'That is the dad and this is the mum': Parent-child co-construction of heterosexual identities in conversations. Gender & Language, 6(2).
Jones, L. (2011). “The only dykey one”: Constructions of (in) authenticity in a lesbian community of practice. Journal of homosexuality, 58(6-7), 719-741.
Faulkner, S. L., & Hecht, M. L. (2011). The negotiation of closetable identities: A narrative analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered queer Jewish identity. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28(6), 829-847.
Lecture 4: Multilingual discourse
Jaspers, J. (2011). Talking like a ‘zerolingual’: Ambiguous linguistic caricatures at an urban secondary school. Journal of Pragmatics, 43(5), 1264-1278.
Pennycook, A., & Otsuji, E. (2016). Lingoing, language labels and metrolingual practices. Applied Linguistics Review, 7(3), 259-277.
Rampton, B. (2011). From ‘multi-ethnic adolescent heteroglossia’ to ‘contemporary urban vernaculars’. Language & Communication, 31(4), 276-294.
Lecture 5: Race and Ethnicity
Bucholtz, M., & Lopez, Q. (2011). Performing blackness, forming whiteness: Linguistic minstrelsy in Hollywood film. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 15(5), 680-706.
Kim, S. 2012. Racism in the global era: Analysis of Korean media discourse around migrants, 1990–2009. Discourse & Society, 23 6, 657-678.
Talmy 2010 “Becoming “Local” in ESL: Racism as Resource in a Hawai‘i Public High School”
Further readings: Recommendations for readings to deepen knowledge of topics covered in the course.
Conversation Analysis, Gender & Sexuality
Kitzinger, C. (2005). Speaking as a Heterosexual: (How) Does Sexuality Matter for Talk-in-Interaction? Research on language and social interaction, 38(3), 221-265.
Land, Victoria and Celia Kitzinger. (2005). Speaking as a lesbian: Correcting the heterosexist presumption. Research on Language and Social Interaction 38:4.371-416.
Kitzinger, C. (2013). Conversation analysis and gender and sexuality. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.
Weatherall, A. (2012). Conversation analysis as feminist research: A response to Whelan. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 9(4), 303-308.
Wilkinson, S., & Kitzinger, C. (2014). Conversation analysis in language and gender studies. The handbook of language, gender and sexuality, 41-160.
Baker, P. (2012). Acceptable bias? Using corpus linguistics methods with critical discourse analysis. Critical Discourse Studies, 9(3), 247-256.
Critical Discourse Analysis
Aguinaldo, J. P. (2012). Qualitative analysis in gay men's health research: Comparing thematic, critical discourse, and conversation analysis. Journal of homosexuality, 59(6), 765-787.
Reitmanova, S., Gustafson, D. L., & Ahmed, R. (2015). " Immigrants Can Be Deadly": Critical Discourse Analysis of Racialization of Immigrant Health in the Canadian Press and Public Health Policies. Canadian Journal of Communication, 40(3).
Weatherall, Anne, Stubbe, Maria, Sunderland, Jane & Baxter, Judith. (2010). Conversation analysis and critical discourse analysis in language and gender research: Approaches in dialogue. Femininity, feminism and gendered discourse, 213-243.
Bailey, B. (2000). The language of multiple identities among Dominican Americans. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 10(2), 190-223.
Bucholtz, M., & Hall, K. (2008). Finding identity: Theory and data. Multilingua - Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 27(1-2).
Fuller, Janet M. (2014). Language choices and ideologies in the bilingual classroom. Multilingual education: Negotiating between language learning and translanguaging, ed. by Jasone Cenoz and Durk Gorter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Race and Ethnicity
Chun, Elaine. (2004). Ideologies of legitimate mockery: Margaret Cho’s revoicings of mock Asian. Pragmatics 14:2/3.263-289.
Hughey, M. W., & Daniels, J. (2013). Racist comments at online news sites: a methodological dilemma for discourse analysis. Media, Culture & Society, 35(3), 332-347.
Rampton, Ben. 2010. Language crossing and the problematisation of ethnicity and socialization. Pragmatics 5:4.485-51 3,