Spring 2020 - LING 280 D100

Interdisciplinary Topics in Linguistics (3)

Representation of Dialects in TV and Film

Class Number: 3146

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SECB 1014, Burnaby



Introduces students to topics in which fundamental concepts of Linguistics are combined with concepts from other fields in order to answer applied or theoretical questions. As topics examined may vary by term, this course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different.


We will examine the role that dialects play in popular media. The source of variation may be regional, class-based, gender-based, ethnicity-based or even an intersection of all of the above. In all cases, by examining how popular media depict non-standard varieties and their speakers, we will reveal the cultural impact of sociolinguistic differences.


  • 5 in-class writing assignments 75%
  • Final paper 25%
  • No Final Exam


Note: To receive a passing grade on any assignment, including in-class writing, the quality of writing must be evaluated as at least LPI Level Four.  The following descriptions of LPI levels will be used:  

Level Four: The writing is marred by one or another of a fairly wide range of deficiencies: it may be thinly developed, repetitive, or weak in overall structure; it may contain unvaried, loose or faulty sentence structure; its word choice may be inaccurate, inappropriate, or unidiomatic (that is, it may use expressions that are not found in standard English usage).  

Level Three: Essays are placed at level three if they have many errors in sentence structure and vocabulary, or if they are weak in content and badly organized.  Also placed at level three are essays with a high density of errors in the use of articles, the plurals of nouns, the form and tense of verbs, subject-verb agreement, and the English idiom.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.
Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.
Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



Readings will be made available through Canvas. A list of readings available online will also be distributed.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html