SEL8676 : Issues in Sociolinguistics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Daniel Duncan
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||68:00||68:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||96:00||96:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||25||2||M||30||Lead seminar discussion of relevant paper|
|Essay||2||M||10||500 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.