Language & Society

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language & Society

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Language & social context. Study of descriptive & theoretical aspects, the relationship between language and social organisation, language and social interaction.
    NOTE: Course offering may be cancelled unless a minimum of 20 students enrol.
    Course Introduction
    This course is an introduction to Sociolinguistics, one of the major subfields of Linguistics. Sociolinguistics covers a large range of linguistic issues such as: how people use language to indicate their social role; how social organisation and culture may impact on linguistic structure; what is the range of variation within 'languages', and how does this relate to social organisation; how the use of language in social context affects language change; effects of contact between languages; peoples' attitudes to language and its social impact.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Understand a range of research issues that fall under the rubric 'Sociolinguistics'
    • Reflect critically on sociolinguistic methods and apply this thinking when exposed to new studies.
    • Apply your knowledge of sociolinguistic theory and method to new data
    • Express your knowledge of the subject matter critically both orally and in written work.
    Class Contact
    2 Contact hours, 1 Tutorial hour

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