ALC8002 : Sociolinguistics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Sara Ganassin
- Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
1. To introduce students to key topics in the study of language in society.
2. To enable students to appreciate the range of variation within 'normal' English.
3. To enable students to be aware of the relationships between language variation and social structure, and between language variation and various stylistic and situational factors.
4. To enable students to be aware of basic techniques for analysis of language variation.
This module explores different approaches to the study of the relationship between language and society. It introduces key concepts and topics relevant to the study of language use in different contexts, drawing on theory and practice from the diverse field of Sociolinguistics. The people we are, and the communities and societies we inhabit, shape and are themselves shaped by our use of language. Broadly, the module is concerned with how people, as members of social groups, use language and what they use it for. The module considers research that focuses on language in interaction, and ways that sociolinguists have approached the study of this interaction. By the end of the module, students should have developed an understanding of the relationship between language and society and the ways in which language is used in different contexts. You should acquire an informed perspective about social differentiation, expressed through language; and acquire relevant skills to analyse language in social contexts. This should allow a deeper understanding of the relationships between language variation and social structures.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. notion of language, dialect, accent and standard
2. linguistic variation: quantitative analysis of linguistic and extra-linguistic variables (age, class, sex, social networks)
3. stylistic variation: topic, setting
4. politieness phenomena
5. attitudes to language, and the notion of 'acceptability'
6. language contact, different types of linguistic community.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||40:00||40:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||5:00||5:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||121:00||121:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures are used to introduce key concepts and theories, backed up with seminars and tutorial focussing on reading of empirical studies. Students are required to undertake their data collection and analysis (fieldwork) to put knowledge into practice.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||70||Individual essay, 2500 - 3000 words|
|Case study||2||M||30||Research Project Outline|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Essay provides the opportunity for students to apply knowledge learned in the course (key concepts, theories and methods) to a small-scale emprical study, undertaken as part of fieldwork.