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Query Subject:   Language, Power and Politics Course
Author:   Richard Epstein
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   I'm planning on teaching a course called ''Language, Power and Politics''
next spring semester. The students will be mostly undergraduate English
majors with no background at all in Linguistics, and for most of them, this
will be the only Linguistics course they ever take. I intend to cover
topics such as standard/non-standard dialects, political discourse,
language and advertising, language and gender, political correctness
(perhaps also language endangerment and some ecolinguistics, if time permits).

I know there are many textbooks that cover each of these individual areas.
My question is - does anyone know of any textbooks that cover several of
these areas at the introductory level (and that draw examples mostly from
the USA and American English)? I'd especially welcome suggestions from
folks who have already taught a similar sort of course (other outside
readings? syllabi?). Thank you very much.

I'd be glad to post a summary, if there's interest.

Best regards,
Rich Epstein
LL Issue: 16.1806
Date posted: 08-Jun-2005



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