Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (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