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LNGS1002: Language and Social Context

This unit introduces the study of the interrelationship between language and society. It is concerned with phenomena of language change and how that leads to varieties in a language. How are these varieties linked to social differences? What distinguishes male speech from female speech or what are the linguistic styles of different social classes or ethnic groups? What is slang, or jargon, and what distinguishes a casual conversation from an interview?

Code LNGS1002
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of basic facts about variation of linguistic practices in speech communities around the world, and the relation of these practices to social variables including socioeconomic class, gender and sexuality, ethnic identity, generation and dis/ability
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of principles by which language is used in social interaction, including casual conversation and institutionalised exchanges
  • LO3. demonstrate knowledge of how language variation relates to language change, as cultures evolve, as individuals develop, and as discourse unfolds
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of first principles about methods of research on language in social contexts, including quantitative and qualitative methods, ethical considerations, and principles for communicating results.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.