LG114-4-SP-CO:
Foundations of Sociolinguistics

The details
2022/23
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Sunday 15 January 2023
Friday 24 March 2023
15
12 August 2022

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

LG218, LG222

Key module for

BA QX31 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL),
BA QX41 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Foundation Year),
BA QX51 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Placement Year),
BA QXH1 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ13 English Language and Linguistics,
BA QQ15 English Language and Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA QQ16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ3D English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQA15 English Language and Lingistics (Including Placement Year),
MLINQA16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQQ14 English Language and Linguistics,
BA QQ23 English Language and Literature,
BA QQ24 English Language and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ32 English Language and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ35 English Language and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q100 Linguistics,
BA Q101 Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q102 Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q103 Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ31 English Language and Sociology,
BA RQ93 Modern Languages and English Language,
BA RQ99 Modern Languages and English Language (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RQ91 Modern Languages and Linguistics,
BA RQ98 Modern Languages and Linguistics (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA P510 Journalism and English Language,
BA P511 Journalism and English Language (Including Placement Year),
BA P512 Journalism and English Language (Including Year Abroad),
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),
BA QP13 English Language with Media Communication (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q120 Linguistics with Data Science,
BA Q121 Linguistics with Data Science (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q122 Linguistics with Data Science (Including Placement Year),
BA Q123 Linguistics with Data Science (Including Year Abroad),
BA R114 Language Studies and Linguistics,
BA R115 Language Studies and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module provides an introduction to the role of variation in the language system, and the techniques and concepts required to study the way language varies and changes, including geographically (geographical dialect), according to social context (social dialect), and across time – that is, to the basic principles of sociolinguistics and language variation. We begin by defining language, dialect, and other varieties, and considering myths about language. Topics include language attitudes and ideologies; the fundamentals of measuring language variation; variation across time, regions, and social categories; social patterns and social functions of language variation; speaker variables; models and methods of studying language change; and the relationship of variation to language change. Examples are drawn from the whole history of English dialect usage and change in the British Isles, and varieties of English worldwide.
* the role of variation in the language system, and the techniques and concepts required;
* how language varies & changes geographically, by social context & across time;
* that is, the basic principles of sociolinguistics;
* with a focus on English in the British Isles and worldwide.

Module aims

• Introduce the basic concepts of language variation and change
• Address some popular myths about language
• Investigate attitudes to language and ideologies about language
• Introduce fundamental techniques for describing and measuring language variation (across time, region, and social category)
• Describe the social patterns and social functions of language variation
• Illustrate the relationship of language variation to language change

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to:
– Understand the role variation plays in language systems
– Analyse variation in vernacular data and explain its systematic patterning
– Approach the primary academic literature on how social categories affect language use
– Understand how attitudes to language are intertwined with language use and structure
– Relate synchronic variation to models of language change
– Critically view the social functions and values of dialects and vernacular language usage

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

2-hour lecture and 1-hour class every week.

Bibliography

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   Exercise 1  20/02/2023  25% 
Coursework   Exercise 2  20/03/2023  25% 
Coursework   Essay   14/04/2023  50% 

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%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ella Jeffries, email: e.jeffries@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Ella Jeffries; Dr Rebecca Clift, Gertrude Grumah, Giacomo Iazzetta
Dr. Ella Jeffries, e.jeffries@essex.ac.uk, office 4.207, Dr. Rebecca Clift - rclift@essex.ac.uk, office 4.332 Gertrude Grumah - gg21681@essex.ac.uk Giacomo Iazzetta - giacomo.iazzetta@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Dr Sam Christian D'Elia
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 8 hours, 8 (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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