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.
Language and Society (LING1002) is important for anyone who wants to understand the way in which languages function in society. It is an introductory course designed to enable students to acquire an understanding of the different concepts and methods used to analyse language within different social settings. It provides students with the basic skills for carrying out research into language in society. Issues covered will include collecting, describing and interpreting sociolinguistic data and reporting research findings. Students will be given an opportunity to carry out their own sociolinguistic survey.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the key drivers in language variation and change, in particular social factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, network and socio-economic status;
- critically evaluate various sociolinguistic theories and research; and
- think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from sociolinguistic research.
This class shares lectures with graduate students LING6002. However, there will be separate tutorials.
- Weekly tutorial exercises (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Practical Assignment, 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Final Exam (2 hours) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
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