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LNGS3610: Language Change and Variation

2023 unit information

Through the study of seminal research in sociolinguistics the student is introduced to the methodology and tools used for the study of linguistic variation. The unit looks at variation and change across all the primary areas of the grammar: phonetic and phonological, lexical, syntactic semantic change and variation looking at the seminal research in each areas. Students will undertake an independent research project into a topic of variation observed in Australian English.

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Code LNGS3610
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. identify and critique relevant issues relating to language change and variation, and apply theoretical knowledge to real-world social and linguistic data
  • LO2. critically and creatively evaluate established knowledge and apply it to novel contexts in Australia and beyond
  • LO3. appreciate and engage in interdisciplinary explorations and cross-cultural perspectives in the study of language change and variation
  • LO4. critically assess one's own and others’ viewpoints and communicative practices in discussions, presentations, and peer feedback for productive, collaborative exchange in diverse groups
  • LO5. communicate issues of language change and variation not only in academic contexts but also on public platforms for the intelligent layperson in an accessible and engaging manner
  • LO6. recognise and advocate social and political issues in the area of language change and variation in order to be able to make intelligent, significant and responsible contributions to society for sustainability and the advancement of the human condition

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote

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