For attending students:
Primary texts: a) P. Garrett, Attitudes to language, Cambridge University Press 2010; b) S. Calamai, Introduzione alla sociofonetica, Carocci, Roma 2015; c) K. Drager, “Experimental Methods in Sociolinguistics: Matched guise and identification tasks”, in Holmes J., K. Hazen (Eds.), Research methods in sociolinguistics: a practical guide, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014; d) G. McGuire (2010), A brief primer on experimental designs for speech perception research, http://people.ucsc.edu/~gmcguir1/experiment_designs.pdf
a) K. Drager, Sociophonetic variation in speech perception, in “Language and Linguistics Compass, 4/7, 2010, pp. 473-480; b) M. Di Paolo & M. Yaeger-Dror (Eds.), Sociophonetics. A Student’s Guide, Routledge, 2010 (to be arranged with the professor); c) D. Preston & N. Niedzielski (Eds.), A Reader in Sociophonetics, De Gruyter, 2010 (to be arranged with the professor); d) J.K. Chambers & N. Schilling-Estes (Eds.), The Handbook of Language variation and change, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013 (to be arranged with the professor); e) D. Pisoni & R. Remez (Eds.) (2005), The Handbook of Speech Perception, Wiley-Blackwell, 2005 (to be arranged with the professor).
Further reading (optional) can be suggested during the course.
The course is based on seminars and includes the implementation of an empirical research.
Non-attending students are asked to read at least one chapter from J.K. Chambers & N. Schilling-Estes (Eds.), The Handbook of Language variation and change, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, to explore the selected theme and to summarize it in a written report that must include – in addition to the objectives, methods and results of the scientific research at issue – a brief introduction on perceptual studies in the field of sociolinguistics and sociophonetics.
The report must be sent by e-mail to the professor at least a week before the oral exam, which will focus on the following:
a) questions about the course program;
b) thorough discussion of the report.