AXL4306S Language Variation

AXL4306S LANGUAGE VARIATION

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

The course aims to examine the way in which language use varies within society, in relation to key

sociological variables like age, gender, class and ethnicity and to contextual variables like style and

relations between speakers. Key texts will include the writings of Labov, Milroy and Myers-Scotton.

Emphasis will fall on sociophonetics and language contact.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

AFRICAN & GENDER STUDIES, ANTHROPOLOGY & LINGUISTICS, SCHOOL OF 169

Assessment: Two minor assignments (approx. 1200 words each) counting 20% each, one major

essay (approx. 3500 words) counting 60%.