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Sociolinguistics (LASC10002)


Language Sciences and Linguistics





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Visiting student must have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above, including prior training in basic statistics and empirical methods. We will only consider University/College level courses. This course cannot be taken alongside LEL2B (LASC08018) or Sociolinguistics of Modern Scots (LASC10016). **The Language Sciences courses offered at the University of Edinburgh are extremely intensive and visiting students have struggled with these courses in previous years. Students are expected to have a strong background in Linguistics as an academic discipline; courses that are part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree may not provide students with an adequate background**

Course Summary

Honours Sociolinguistics builds on introductory sociolinguistics and phonetics work undertaken in LEL1 and LEL2B (see Course Prerequisites). LEL2B introduced skills in acoustic phonetics and the empirical methods used in studying naturally occurring linguistic variation. This included collecting, organising, and analysing quantitative data. Sociolinguistics develops those skills at an advanced level.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the study of language in society Sociolinguistics by exploring the social and cultural embedding of language. Students will have the opportunity to engage with diverse areas of sociolinguistic inquiry by exploring the social and linguistic constraints of language variation as well as the socio-political implications of language use in contemporary society. This will include consideration of how linguistic varieties are used by individuals in everyday life and also how those varieties are perceived by others. Readings will cover key issues and current debates in the field of sociolinguistics such as multilingualism, politeness, identity, code-switching/mixing, translanguaging, and style-shifting. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on collaborative learning. You are expected to participate fully in discussions in the class, and occasionally to present material to the class as a whole. Students will be particularly encouraged to apply the course concepts to novel datasets and reflect critically on their own sociolinguistic experiences. The content of this course is intended to provide students with a strong grounding in a research area that complements Language Variation and Change (LASC10102). Assessment will include a group presentation, a written assignment, and a short research project.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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