Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Social Variation in English

Module Q1078

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The module introduces students to sociolinguistic methods of studying language and to social variation in the use of the English language (and other relevant languages when appropriate). The module focuses on important social dimensions of variation, such as age, gender, ethnicity, social class and language use, taking a modern, quantitative approach to social variation. This module will therefore also provide an introduction to quantitative methods in linguistics more generally. In addition, we will cover important theories of social variation, such as Social Network Theory, Accommodation Theory, etc. and discuss the issue of language and power/ideology. Some seminars will be organised as workshops, for acquiring practical skills in the description and analysis of variation in language.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate factual knowledge of the interaction between social dimensions and language use.

Demonstrate an understanding of sociolinguistic methodology.

Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between social variation and power and ideology.

Understand and use quantitative methods in linguistic research.

Unseen ExaminationSemester 2 Assessment70.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Problem SetT2 Week 8 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Ms Emma Carlyle

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Dr Chloe Porter

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Dr Justyna Robinson

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