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ATS2676

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Bradshaw

Notes

Previously coded LIN2350

Synopsis

This unit will survey sociolinguistics, including key general notions, contrasts between sociolinguistic and folk-linguistic ideas, sociolinguistic research methods, language variation, types of language variety, dialectology, code choice, speech communities, language attitudes, language change, language and identity, language in use, ethnography of speaking, language situations, language problems, language planning, language and culture/thought, language and gender/ethnicity, language and ideology.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and assess the significance of key theoretical perspectives in the study of language and society.
  2. Apply sociolinguistic insights to everyday experience.
  3. Describe the main data gathering methods used in sociolinguistics, and select appropriate methods for a range of research questions.
  4. Design and carry out a small sociolinguistic fieldwork project.
  5. Engage in informed debate on matters of theoretical and practical significance in the areas of language and society, language education, language purism and language planning.

Assessment

Written work: 90%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Julie Bradshaw

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Linguistics
Anthropology

Prerequisites

A first-year sequence in Linguistics.

Prohibitions

ATS3676