- Code LING6033
- 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, Latin American Languages, Language Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- 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.
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 AssessmentPractical 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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Workload130 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
Prescribed TextsThomas, E.R. (2011). Sociophonetics: An Introduction. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Assumed KnowledgeKnowledge of introductory Phonetics and Sociolinguistics
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