• 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, Australian Indigenous Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Language Studies

This course will build on knowledge and skills acquired in prior linguistics courses, and apply that to the empirical analysis of language in its social context, or Sociolinguistics. Students will read and critically discuss a combination of foundational and contemporary sociolinguistic studies, to gain an understanding of way the field has developed as well as future directions. Topics covered may include: methodologies in sociolinguistic research; variation and change in phonetics, morphosyntax and discourse; language production and perception; monolingual and multilingual contexts in different parts of the world; and language variation and social inequality. Students will gain the skills to carry out an original research project, and will be guided through the development of this project through scaffolded assessment. The course is important for students who are interested in conducting further study in sociolinguistics, or who would like to gain a better understanding of language in its social context.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. discuss foundational and contemporary questions, methods and findings in sociolinguistic research;
  2. critically assess sociolinguistic research;
  3. have a solid understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies as applied to different kinds of data;
  4. conduct in-depth research on a topic in sociolinguistics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Article presentation (50 mins) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Course engagement and reading questions (weekly) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Data analysis (Excel spreadsheet) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Scaffolded research project (4000 words) (60) [LO 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, and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LING6001, LING8004 or LING8013, and 12 other units of Linguistics (LING) courses, or have permission from the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING3036.

Prescribed Texts

Readings to be posted on course Wattle site


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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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
3588 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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