This module explores the explanations for variation and change in human language.
In discussing these issues and examining empirical analyses of natural speech data conducted by key researchers in the field, you will learn basic concepts in the inter-relationship between language and society.
By the end of the module, you will have an insight into the most important driving forces behind language variation and change.
Students must have successfully completed:
Information for visiting students: The teaching of this module assumes some knowledge of the causes and effects of linguistic variation and change and appropriate methods for undertaking research in these areas. If students have not studied sociolinguistics in their home institution, this course may not be appropriate.
Two hours per week.
Classes will consist of lectures which cover the basic theoretical and methodological issues in language variation and change; and seminars which will facilitate discussions in which students will be encouraged to explore and develop their personal observations and intuitions about language use.
About this module
- Module name
Intermediate language variation and change
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