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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louisa Willoughby


Previously coded ALM4130


Explore the role of language in society by examining language variation and change, multilingualism and how individuals adjust their speech to the situations they find themselves in. You will explore regional and social variation in language as well as topics such as language and gender, language and power and language policy, as well as conducting your own small research project.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to identify key theories of language variation and language change, describe and account for language variation within a number of different communities, and gather and analyse sociolinguistic data in their own small research project.


Written Work (9,000 words in total): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Louisa Willoughby