AXL4306S Language Variation

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Professor R Mesthrie

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s 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.

Assessment: Two minor assignments counting 20% each; one major essay counting 60%.