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Methods in Language Variation & Change - LAN00006H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Carmen Llamas
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

In this module, you will develop research skills for studying sociolinguistic phenomena, and particularly language variation and change. This course will walk you through the process of carrying out a variationist study, from the logic of selecting a variable to study through to data analysis. The course will be very 'hands on'. Much of your work for the course will be done in seminars and in partial collaboration with your classmates

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will know:

  • how to frame a set of research questions in the context of relevant literature
  • basic principles of research design for analyzing variation
  • basic techniques for analyzing variation in corpus data
  • how to present quantitative summaries of data effectively
  • some basic statistical techniques
  • how to manage workload on an independent research project


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 70
Research Proposal
N/A 15
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 15

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

Comments in teaching sessions and office hours.

Feedback on summative work

Mark and written comments to be returned within twenty working days.

Indicative reading

Milroy. L. & Gordon, M. (2003) Sociolinguistics: method and interpretation. Oxford: Blackwell.

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