Course Aims and Objectives
This course introduces you to fundamental concepts and approaches involved in the study of the links between language and society. We will look at a number of important approaches to sociolinguistic research, and cover the topics most central to the discipline and its development. These include language variation and change, which usually refers to social, geographical and stylistic differences within a single language; language contact, including pidginisation and creolisation and societal multilingualism, including language shift, language death and language revival.
The course will cover a selection of the following topics:
- language, dialect and standard;
- variation within one speech community - the work of the variationist sociolinguists;
- language variation and social networks;
- sociolinguistics of speech communities - diglossia, code switching and language shift;
- language contact, pidginisation and creolisation;
- language death and revitalisation;
- language globalisation and localisation;
- sociolinguistics of orthography.
A 5,000 word written assignment.
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