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Modules

SEL8676 : Metropolitan Sociolinguistics

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to:
-       Examine the role of demographics, development, and public policy in driving language variation and change in metropolitan areas
-       Introduce advanced terms, concepts and premises underlying sociolinguistic research, with particular respect to the variationist paradigm
-       Give a broad understanding of sociolinguistic fieldwork techniques
-       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.
-       Further explore specific topics at the community and national level.

Outline Of Syllabus

This course provides an advanced study of sociolinguistic theory and practice through a focus on language variation and change in metropolitan areas. Key topics include:
-       Theoretical approaches to space and place
-       Indexical uses of language
-       Relations between urban structure and linguistic variation
-       Recent theoretical and methodological developments in metropolitan areas and their linguistic consequences

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL3056Language in the City
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

N/A

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
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

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