This course aims to support and foster an advanced understanding of current issues in Language Variation and Change. Through a reading of research articles, you will come to understand how research questions are formulated, how they are operationalised, and how conclusions are drawn from the research carried out.
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
Note that a Research Extension module can be taken alongside this module, for students who wish to write a dissertation.
This module will be capped at 35.
Students must have successfully completed:
One hour per week in Spring and Summer Terms, alternating between plenary lectures and seminars.
The programme is arranged around topics in Language Variation and Change which are currently the subject of intense research. The format is a plenary lecture followed by a seminar in the following week during which students do oral presentations based on readings they have covered. The topics may vary from year to year, but will typically be selected from the following:
Each week, a number of research articles will be set for discussion in seminars. All readings are available online or will be posted on the VLE a week in advance of the relevant lecture.
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in:
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About this module
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Advanced topics in language variation and change
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