Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Topics in Language Variation and Change

Module Q3302

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module involves relatively advanced study of sociolinguistics in one area of staff specialisation. The particular topic and reading list will be announced in the year prior. This may include particular methodological approaches to sociolinguistics, in-depth study of a particular dialect or sociolect, or of some particular sociolinguistic phenomenon, and may incorporate the study of language change. The changing nature of this module allows us to adapt quickly to changes in the field.

Module learning outcomes

Apply up-to-date theoretical concepts related to language in society in the analysis of linguistic data.

Use appropriate tools of data collection, data description, and data analysis.

Analyse and explain instances of language variation or change clearly and accurately in appropriately academic language.

Critically assess one’s own and others’ analyses, demonstrating logical thinking and sensitivity to the subtleties of language and its social context.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PortfolioA1 Week 2 100.00%

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


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

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
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Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111110

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