（Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Media Language）
The aim of this course is to understand the basics of the interrelation between language and society and to observe social and communicative phenomena in the media.
This is a new course designed for the First- and Second-year students who are interested in language, society and the media. We will continue to study some key concepts in sociolinguistics in order to understand how communication influences as well as is influenced by the social structure. Examples of language use will be shown through TV programs, films, and the Internet.
A reading packet will be given at the beginning of the semester.
Crystal, David. 1997. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. 3rd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Romaine, Suzanne. 1994. Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. New York: Oxford University Press.
Will be further introduced in class.
Although this class will be mainly conducted through the instructor's lecture, students are highly encouraged to actively participate in class discussions. Regular attendance is strictly required.
Regular attendance, class performance, in-class exercises, and mid-term and/or final exams.
１．Introduction: Language in society ２．Language and gender: Do men and women talk differently? ３．Language and gender: Women's language ４．Language and gender: Conversational styles ５．Language and society through the media: To be announced ６．Language change and gender: Change from above and below ７．Language change and age: Loanwords in Japanese advertisement ８．Power and solidarity: Social distance, closeness and politeness ９．Power and solidarity: Address forms 10．Language and society through the media: "ER" (subject to change) 11．Language and society through the media: 2008 U.S. Presidential debates 12．Cross-cultural (mis)communication: Do we mean the same? 13．Cross-cultural (mis)communication: Back channels across cultures 14．Cross-(sub)cultural (mis)communication: Interethnic communication in U.K. 15．Cross-(sub)cultural (mis)communication: Examples from doctor-patient conversation 16．Language and society through the media: Pidgin English advertising in Papua New Guinea
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