Language and Social Context

Research and teaching on language in social context at Berkeley embraces sociolinguistic, anthropological, and humanistic approaches to understanding the complex relationships among language structure, language use, and the social world. Active areas of research include sociophonetics; language vitality and revitalization; verbal art and literary language; ethnographically-informed work on language variation and change; and grammar and interaction. Our department also maintains active ties with variationist sociolinguists in other Berkeley departments (especially Spanish & Portuguese), and at Stanford, where students can cross-register for sociolinguistics classes.