Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
21 May 2020
Requisites for this module
BA QP10 English Language with Media Communication,
BA QP11 English Language with Media Communication (Including Year Abroad),
BA QP12 English Language with Media Communication (Including Placement Year)
In this survey of the study of language and society, we look at how language is actually used, how people feel about it-- how the two are often opposed -- and how the structure of language interacts with both. We consider language as a resource to convey cultural and personal identity, and what it reveals of language attitudes and social structure -- and therefore of status and inequality in areas such as social class, gender, age, and ethnicity. We see how social identity illuminates variation in language, and learn about such topics as regional and social dialects, language variation and change, and multilingualism and code-switching
To familiarise students with:
• the basic principles of sociolinguistics and language variation
• how different varieties and features of language spread, change or disappear
• the key findings of variationist sociolinguistics, examining language variation and the social, linguistic & contextual characteristics which help to shape it
• Issues in societal and individual multilingualism
By the end of this module you should have:
• Knowledge of the basic principles of sociolinguistic theory
• Ability to follow and contribute to discussions about language and society
• An informed view of why and how languages vary and change
• An appreciation of multilingualism as a vital resource
• Competence in reading and evaluating sociolinguistic research papers
No additional information available.
2 hours per week - confirmed details will be announced at the start of the academic year.
- Labov, William. (2012) 'Chapter 2', in Dialect diversity in America, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. vol. Page-Barbour lectures for 2009
- Meyerhoff, Miriam. (2019) Introducing sociolinguistics, Abingdon: Routledge.
- Mesthrie, Rajend. (c2009) Introducing sociolinguistics, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Chambers, J. K. (2009) Sociolinguistic theory: linguistic variation and its social significance, Chichester: WileyBlackwell. vol. Language in society
- Cameron, Deborah. (2007-10-01) 'What Language Barrier?', in Guardian.
- Labov, William. (2012) 'Chapter 3 of Dialect diversity in America: "Hidden diversity"', in Dialect diversity in America: the politics of language change, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. vol. Page-Barbour lectures for 2009
- Linguistic Society of America Committee on Social & Political Concerns, 1995: Statement on Language Rights, http://www.linguisticsociety.org/files/lsa-stmt-language-rights.pdf
- Dragojevic, M; Giles, H; Watson, B. (2013) 'Language Ideologies and Language Attitudes: A foundational framework', in The social meanings of language, dialect and accent: international perspectives on speech styles, New York: Peter Lang. vol. Language as social action, pp.1-25
- Lippi-Green, Rosina. (2012) English with an accent: language, ideology and discrimination in the United States, Abingdon: Routledge.
- Interactive IPA (phonetic symbol) Charts, http://www.yorku.ca/earmstro/ipa/
- Labov, William. (2012) 'Chapter 1 of Dialect Diversity in America', in Dialect diversity in America: the politics of language change, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. vol. Page-Barbour lectures for 2009
- Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights, http://www.linguistic-declaration.org/index-gb.htm
- Labov, William. (2009) 'The social stratification of (r) in New York City department stores', in The new sociolinguistics reader, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan., pp.49-59
- Cameron, Deborah. (2007-10-03) 'Back down to Earth', in Guardian.
- Labov, William. (c1972) 'The social stratification of (r) in New York City department stores', in Sociolinguistic patterns, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. vol. Conduct and communication, pp.43-69
- Christina Bratt Paulston. (1997) 'Language Policies and Language Rights', in Annual Review of Anthropology. vol. 26, pp.73-85
- Cameron, Deborah. (2007-10-02) 'Speak up, I can't hear you', in Guardian.
- Wolfram, Walt; Schilling-Estes, Natalie. (2016) American English: dialects and variation, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. vol. 25
- Bell, Allan. (2009) 'Language style as audience design', in The new sociolinguistics reader, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan., pp.265-275
- Guidelines for the use of Language Analysis in relation to questions of national origin in refugee cases, http://www.essex.ac.uk/larg/resources/guidelines.aspx
- Queen, Robin. (2013) 'Gender, sex, sexuality and sexual identities', in The handbook of language variation and change, [Hoboken]: Wiley-Blackwell., pp.368-387
- Labov, William. (c1972) 'Hypercorrection by the lower middle class as a factor in linguistic change', in Sociolinguistic patterns, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. vol. Conduct and communication, pp.122-142
- Milroy, James; Milroy, Lesley. (2012) Authority in language: investigating standard English, Abingdon: Routledge.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Dr Lynne Julie Cahill
University of Sussex
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