• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jennifer Hendriks
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Do we see our world through the language we speak or does everyone see the world in the same way? Are all languages equal? What does it mean to speak a dialect of a language? What is language variation? How do we show our identity through language? This course surveys the main concepts and methods used to analyse language within different social settings. Concepts will be illustrated by current and topical examples. Students will also have an opportunity to observe language in its social context.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess the ways in which speakers use linguistic choices to communicate social meaning, such as age, gender, social network, socio-economic status.
  2. Work in small groups to explain issues related to language and society.
  3. Critically evaluate various sociolinguistic theories and research.
  4. Think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from sociolinguistic research.

Other Information

This class shares lectures with graduate students LING6002. However, there will be separate tutorials.

Indicative Assessment

Students will be assessed for preparing for weekly tutorials (10%, 1,000 words total, LOs 1, 2, 3) and for submitting 3 tutorial responses (15%, 600 words total, LOs 1, 2, 3, 4).

The practical assignment in which students collect sociolinguistic survey data is worth 35% (2000 words, LOs 1, 4).

A final exam (40%, LOs 1, 3, 4) will be held during the exam period.

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Workload

This course has two lectures per week plus a weekly tutorial, commencing in Week 2. Students can expect to undertake 7 hours of study per week outside of class time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed LING2002 or LING6002. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Van Herk, Gerard (2012) What is Sociolinguistics? Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, UK.

Preliminary Reading

None.

Students will be given a full reading list at the beginning of the semester. Journals that publish sociolinguistics research include, Journal of Sociolingusitcs, Journal of Pragmatics, Language in Society.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6375 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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