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Language & Identity - LAN00018H

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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: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2020-21

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module explores the role of language in the construction of identities and the significance of identity construction to language variation. The concept of identity is investigated on various levels, and the focus of the course is on how these multi-levelled identities are realised through the use of language.

A variety of quantitative and ethnographic language variation case studies will be surveyed in order to illustrate the issues under investigation.

Module learning outcomes

  • have an understanding of the relationships between linguistic behaviour and identity-making and marking
  • have developed an appreciation of the diversity of theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of language and identity
  • gaining an understanding of the role played by identity factors in language variation and change
  • have gained an understanding of the processes of identity construction at the individual, group, community and national levels
  • have worked as part of a team on an independent research project on a relevant topic of the groups choice
  • have presented the findings of the independent research project to staff and other students on the module, in a clear and comprehensible manner, using appropriate audio-visual aids


Task Length % of module mark
Language & Identity
N/A 80
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group Presentation
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Language & Identity
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

Short essay (critical review of two research articles) peer assessed in the following week's seminar, using university scales and marking criteria

Immediate oral comments on seminar exercises

Assessment and feedback

Seminar presentation

Feedback: mark on university scale for group presentation, and written comments available by Monday term three week nine.


Feedback: mark on university scale available by Monday of week nine. Students will be entitled to see their exam script with comments made on it, under supervision, on an appointed date in week nine or ten of term three.

Indicative reading

Llamas, C. and Watt, D. (eds.) (2010) Language and Identities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press)

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