Sociolinguistic Theory

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
11 April 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MRESQ14512 Analysing Language Use

Module description

This module provides an overview of variationist sociolinguistic theory and findings, which focus on exploring social and linguistic constraints on variation in addition to addressing contemporary variationist theoretical challenges.

Module aims

The module will introduce various approaches to theorising, analysing and interpreting sociolinguistic data vis-à-vis language variation and change (LVC) and social identity.

Module learning outcomes

In this module you will gain an understanding of:
• the principles underlying the variationist perspective of language variation and change with an emphasis on external social and internal linguistic factors which mediate variation and change
• the ways in which linguistic theory intersects with, and is complemented by sociolinguistic data and theorising
• the main research questions, concepts, premises and data foci within variationist LVC research

Module information

Course page on Moodle.

Learning and teaching methods

One 2hr lecture/discussion per week for 10 weeks


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

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay or Small Project    100% 

Additional coursework information


Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Enam Al-Wer, email: enama@essex.ac.uk.
Enam Al-Wer
4.202b, enama@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Vivienne Esther Rogers
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 18 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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