AXL1301S Introduction to Sociolinguistics

AXL1301S INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLINGUISTICS

18 NQF credits at HEQSF level 5

Course entry requirements: None

Course outline:

This course focuses on the study of language in its social context, a branch of Linguistics that is

referred to as sociolinguistics. On completion of the course students would have covered topics such

as: introduction (basic concepts and issues in sociolinguistics); regional variation; social variation;

language change; multilingualism; language and interaction; gender and language; language contact;

pidgins, creoles and new Englishes; language planning and policy; language and education; the

sociolinguistics of sign language. On completion of the course students would have covered topics

such as: introduction (basic concepts and issues in Sociolinguistics); regional variation; social

variation; language change; multilingualism; language and interaction; gender and language;

language contact; pidgins, creoles and new Englishes; language planning and policy; language and

education; the sociolinguistics of sign language.

Lecture times: 3rd period, Monday – Wednesday.

DP requirements: All written work to be handed in and at least 75% attendance at lectures and

tutorials.

Assessment: Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.