Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Melanie Burns


Previously coded LIN2350


This unit will explore the relationship between language and society, describing regional and social, and ethnic varieties of a language, and the values, attitudes and ideologies associated with these varieties. Societal and individual bilingualism, multilingualism, genre and code choice will be examined in the context of speech communities and communities of practice. A particular focus will be the ways in which individuals exploit a range of linguistic resources to take stances in interaction.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and assess the significance of key theoretical perspectives in the study of language and society;
  2. Apply sociolinguistic insights to everyday experience;
  3. Describe the main data gathering methods used in sociolinguistics, and select appropriate methods for a range of research questions;
  4. Design and carry out a small sociolinguistic fieldwork project;
  5. Engage in informed debate on matters of theoretical and practical significance in the areas of language and society, language education, language purism and language planning.


Written work: 90%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week, also by flexible delivery

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two gateway units in Linguistics