• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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. Assess the appropriateness of various methodological approaches in published sociophonetics articles;
4. Design, carry out and present (in both a written and oral format) a small 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, 1000 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 3, 4
Research paper, 2500 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 and LING1002, or have permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6033.

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

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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