SEL2091 : Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Karen Corrigan
- Lecturer: Dr Heike Pichler
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
The module aims to:
o Introduce the basic terms, concepts and premises underlying: (i) Labovian sociolinguistics (ii) Fishman's sociology of language paradigm (iii) World Englishes.
o Give a broad understanding of fieldwork techniques used within these sub-disciplines and offer students the experience of preparing for and conducting their own sociolinguistic interview from which the data is to be transcribed using an established protocol.
o Emphasis will also be placed (particularly in seminars) on acquiring skills for the resolution of linguistic analyses and the interpretation of tables/graphs.
Students will learn to:
o Apply the terminological distinctions, principles, methods and concepts used within these sub-disciplines to actual and novel case studies that explore the inter-relationships between language and society.
o Outline the major difficulties with the Labovian paradigm in terms of the way in which it handles linguistic and extralinguistic variables.
o Examine alternative approaches to the Labovian paradigm.
o Understand the principles and practicalities of collecting, coding and transcribing vernacular data.
o Further explore specific issues raised at the individual level in Labovian Sociolinguistics at the community/national level. The focus will therefore be on language(s) rather than idiolect/sociolect/dialect. Particular attention will be paid to promoting an understanding of the relationship between language and nationalism/ethnicity as well as questions of language loyalty, attitude, status and the power relations apparent in language contact situations.
Outline Of Syllabus
Two major themes are addressed:
(i) The nature and mechanisms of linguistic change within speech communities;
(ii) The symbolic function of language and the effect which this has on the perception of language as a social problem and resource.
- Fieldwork methods in paradigms associated with understanding language and its function in society.
- The linguistic variable.
- Extralinguistic variables.
- The Labovian paradigm: its problems and competitor approaches.
- Multilingualism and language contact/shift.
- Language standards and standardisation.
- Attitudes and ideologies towards language(s).
- New Englishes.
- Pidgins and Creoles.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||45:00||45:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||3||1:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||20:00||20:00||inc. 10 hours directed groupwork|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||26:00||26:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
LECTURES: will be used, primarily, to impart information and provide overall coherence for the module.
SEMINARS: will be used, primarily, to build skills in linguistic analysis and will, therefore, focus on problem-solving/numeracy. They also aim to enhance interpretation of sociolinguistic approaches to language and society, improve oral/poster presentation skills and build team-work. Fieldwork projects will also be planned and developed in seminars.
FIELDWORK: will be used to build skills in interview techniques, data collection and transcription.
STUDY GROUPS: Between the lecture and the seminar, students will participate in self-directed study groups where they will discuss topics relevant to the module.
SURGERIES: will be provided for students throughout the module (particularly with regard to problems encountered with the fieldwork and plans for other assignments.)
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||40||Transcription assignment|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||20||This will either take the form of a collaborative Pecha Kucha oral presentation or an individual poster presentation.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The transcription assignment assesses fieldwork and data collection/analysis skills not assessed in the unseen exam or in the oral presentation.
The presentation assesses the students' ability to synthesize information concisely and present it coherently. It also assesses the students' ability to work collaboratively.
The unseen exam tests written communication skills; analytical/problem solving skills; critical thinking/conceptual understanding/knowledge and ability to construct a logical argument.