|| EL10610 |
|| LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLINGUISTICS |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Dr Winifred V Davies |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Mr Robert Morris Jones, Professor David A Trotter, Miss Melanie M Wagner |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 Hours |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 3 Hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours (written exam)||70%|
|Semester Assessment|| (1 essay of 1500 words)||30%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours 1 x 2-hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3-hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.||100%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate that they have gained insights into the social meaning of language by having acquired a knowledge of some of the main areas of contemporary sociolinguistics.
b) Assess critically theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline.
c) Carry out independent research and analyse critically the material they have collected.
d) Express themselves clearly, coherently and cogently, both orally and in writing.
e) Demonstrate familiarity with and an ability to use appropriately the specialist terminology associated with the subject.
This module will offer an introduction to sociolinguistics and will 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, gender and situation, on language use.
** Recommended Text
Trudgill, P (2000) Sociolinguistics. An introduction to language and society
Trudgill, P & Cheshire, J (1999) The Sociolinguistics Reader. Vol. 2: Gender and Discourse
Coupland, N & Jaworski, A (1997) Sociolinguistics: a reader and coursebook
Crystal, D (1987,1997) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
Downes, W (1998) Language and Society
Fasold, R (1984) The Sociolinguistcs of Society
Fasold, R (1990) The Sociolinguistics of Language
Honey, J (1991) Does Accent Matter?
London: Faber & Faber
Hudson, R A (1980) Sociolinguistics
Labov, W (1972) Sociolinguistic Patterns
Milroy, L (1987) Language and Social Networks
2nd edition. Oxford: Blackwell (1st edition, 1980)
Newmeyer, F J (1988) Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey. Vol. IV, Language: The Socio-cultural Context
Radford, A et al (1999) Linguistics: An introduction
Romaine, S (1994) Language in Society
Thomas, L & Wareing, S (1999) Language, Society and Power
New York: Routledge
Trudgill, P (ed) (1978) Sociolinguistic Patterns in British English
London: Edward Arnold
Trudgill, P & Cheshire, J (1997) The Sociolinguistics Reader. Vol. 1: Variation and Multilingualism
Chambers, J K (1995) Sociolinguistic Theory
Chambers, J K & Trudgill, P (1980) Dialectology
Cheshire, J & Trudgill, P (1997) The Sociolinguistics Reader
This module is at CQFW Level 4