Linguistics 24, Section 3
Voices of Berkeley: Everybody has an Accent (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Sharon Inkelas
Monday 2:00-3:00, 233 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 46196
No two people speak exactly alike; each person has their own unique "accent". This class will explore how our diverse backgrounds, personalities, and current experiences affect the way we speak (or use signed languages). We will examine how the concept of accent is presented in literature and media (often in the guise of stigmatizing some group) and the extent to which individuals are able to change their accents over time or across different settings. Through discussing this topic, we will touch on some basic areas of linguistics. However, no prior knowledge of linguistics is assumed or required - just bring an open mind!
Sharon Inkelas is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics, which she served as Department Chair from 2005-2013. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 1989. Her research focuses on phonology (sound systems) and morphology (word structure) of the world's languages, focusing on cross-linguistic patterns and differences. She has also conducted research in child language acquisition.
Faculty web site: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~inkelas