- Code LING8013
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Language Studies, Linguistics
- Academic career PGRD
- Catherine Travis
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2022
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In this course, we examine language in its social context, to answer a range of questions that are key to understanding the way language works: What does it mean to speak a dialect of a language? Are all ways of speaking equally correct? How do bilingual communities manage use of more than one language? How do we show our identity through language? How is language structured to enable it to do the social work that is necessary for interaction? We survey key concepts and methods that have been used in sociolinguistic research to answer these questions, examining language across different social contexts, and as used by different social groups. We consider Australian English, Australian Indigenous languages, as well as languages from other parts of the globe. Relevant theoretical concepts are illustrated by current and topical examples. Students have the opportunity to observe and engage in the practical application of course content through conducting their own linguistic research.
Language and Society is important for anyone who wants to understand the way in which languages function in their social context. It provides students with skills for carrying out research in sociolinguistics, including collecting, describing and interpreting sociolinguistic data, such as questionnaires, sociolinguistic interviews, naturally occurring interactional data and ethnographic participant-observation. Reporting and describing research findings will also be covered.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- discuss the key drivers in language variation and change, and the ways in which these work together in impacting language use;
- critically evaluate distinct sociolinguistic theories and research deriving from those theories;
- use sociolinguistic evidence as a basis for results in a research argument;
- Undertake guided research into topics in language and society;
- communicate about the role of language in society to specialist and general audiences.
- Tutorial discussion and written summary (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Quiz (10) [LO 1]
- Sociolinguistic project (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time comprising:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7582||25 Jul 2022||01 Aug 2022||31 Aug 2022||28 Oct 2022||Online or In Person||View|