SEL8676 : Issues in Sociolinguistics

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to:
o       Introduce advanced terms, concepts and premises underlying sociolinguistic research, with particular respect to the Labovian paradigm, broadly construed, and successor/alternative paradigms
o       Give a broad understanding of fieldwork techniques used within these sub-disciplines
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       Further explore specific issues raised at the individual level in Labovian Sociolinguistics and successor/alternative paradigms at the community and national level.

Outline Of Syllabus

This course covers topics and methods relevant to the advanced study of sociolinguistics. Each year the focus will be on a different topic that is directly relevant to the on-going research of the module leader and to the interest of likely participants. Topics may include include language and gender, language and nationalism/ethnicity and the role of traditional speaker variables in language contact contexts.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion168:0068:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading196:0096:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL3056Advanced Sociolinguistics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation252M30Lead seminar discussion of relevant paper
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A603000 words
Essay2M10500 word abstract
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The presentation skills assignment assesses the student's ability to synthesize information concisely and present it coherently in oral form. It also assesses the student's scientific literacy skills in reading primary literature.

The abstract skills assignment assesses written communication skills and ability to synthesize information concisely. It develops professional skills necessary for postgraduate students to advance in the field.

The essay tests written communication skills; analytical/problem solving skills (depending on the question the student chooses); critical thinking/conceptual understanding/knowledge and ability to construct a logical argument.

Reading Lists