|Module Title||LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Winifred Davies|
|Other staff||Dr Winifred Davies, Professor David Trotter|
|Course delivery||Lecture||12 Hours|
|Seminars / Tutorials||3 Hours|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours written exam.||70%|
|Continuous assessment||One essay (1,500 words)||30%|
An introduction to socio-linguistics, this course aims to show how trends and developments in language are often related to developments in society. The main basis for any conclusions as to the nature of the relationship between language and society will be provided by an examination of linguistic variation.
After a general introduction to the field of sociolinguistics and a discussion of different approaches to the study of language in society, students will consider the effect of social factors, such as socio-economic class, ethnic group, gender and situation on language use.
By the end of this module students will have gained an insight into the social meaning of language by acquiring a knowledge of some of the main areas of contemporary sociolinguistics. Furrthermore, they will have learnt to assess critically theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline. As a result of writing an essay and taking part in seminars they will also have learnt how to carry out independent research, how to analyse the material they have read, and how to express themselves coherently and cogently both orally and in writing.
** Essential Reading
J. Holmes. (1992) An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. Longman
P. Trudgill. (1983) Sociolinguistics. 2nd. Penguin
R. Wardhaugh. (1992) An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. Blackwell