20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module explores the workings of language in its rich social setting. It includes an investigation of accent and dialect, register and style in relation to social class, gender, age, ethinicity, region and social networks. The module also examines sociolinguistic situations around the world, such as multilingualism and diglossia, pidgins and creoles, new Englishes and other globalised forms of language. The module is intended to be enabling and offers an opportunity for students to develop a sense of their own ethical responsibilities as language users and analysts. Students will be provided with the methodological tools necessary to carry out independent fieldwork and will be encouraged to undertake their own exploration of sociolinguistics.

Staff Contact: MOORE EMMA F
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (English Language and Linguistics):

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