Summer 2020 - LING 160 J100

Language, Culture and Society (3)

Class Number: 3310

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM

  • Instructor:

    Sylvia Cho



An introduction to language in its social and cultural dimensions. Students who have taken LING 260 prior to Fall 2008 may not take LING 160 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Linguistics 160 examines language as a social phenomenon. How are language usage patterns shaped through communication? The course covers general topics such as bilingual and multilingual speech communities, language maintenance, language loss and language death. Special focus is given to the discussion of regional as well as social dialects as these are shaped by social factors such as ethnicity, gender, age, and social class. Finally, the course examines social aspects of language use such as politeness and linguistic stereotypes.

NOTE: A detailed course outline will be distributed during the first week of classes.


  • Weekly Participation 30%
  • Assignments 30%
  • 2 Midterm exams 40%
  • No Final Exam


This course may be applied towards the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Linguistics program students cannot count this course towards their breadth requirements unless in joint or double majors, extended minor, or double minors program.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at
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 (



Holmes, J., and Wilson, N. (2017). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. 5th edition. Oxon, UK: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-138-84501-5.
A list of additional readings (available in the Library Reserve) may be distributed in class or on Canvas.
Lesson slides and supplemental materials will also be made available on Canvas.  

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.