• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages, Language Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Sociophonetics lies at the intersection between sociolinguistics and phonetics. This is a relatively new field of study, that explores both linguistic production (how pronunciation is associated with social categories, such as age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, as well as attitudes and aspirations) and perception (the kinds of judgments and assumptions we make about people from the way they speak). In this course, you will be introduced to quantitative methods and associated tools for analysis, which you will apply in a sociophonetic research project on a topic related to language variation and change.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Examine language variation and change using techniques and theories from experimental phonetics;
2. Use software to analyze data pertaining to language variation and change;
3. Critically assess the appropriateness of various methodological approaches in published sociophonetics articles;
4. Write a detailed literature review logically leading to a formulation of an original research question;
5. Design, carry out and present (in both a written and oral format) a detailed project on language variation and change.

Indicative Assessment

Practical exercises, 4 x 500 words (5% each for a total of 20%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Research proposal, 1500 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 3, 4
Research paper, 3000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Presentation, 10 minutes (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks, consisting of lectures and tutorials (averaging 3 hours per week)
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LING2010/6010 and LING1002/6002, or have permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING3033.

Prescribed Texts

Thomas, E.R. (2011). Sociophonetics: An Introduction. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of introductory Phonetics and Sociolinguistics


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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4763 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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