Social Aspects of Language
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewAn introduction to the analysis and description of language use in social settings: includes language change and death, and social factors such as gender and age.How many ways can you greet somebody? Do men and women really speak differently? Who decides what 'good' language is? How do languages change? Why do they die? This paper is an introduction to the analysis and description of language use in a range of social settings. Topics include language in multilingual communities; language variation and change; the roles of gender, age and ethnicity; and speech styles and functions, including politeness.Note: This paper can be taken independently of LING 111.
-Multilingual speech communities
-Language variation among users
-Language variation in use
Test 1: 15%
Test 2: 15%
Project: 30% (5% written project plan, 15% written project report, 10% oral project presentation)
Demonstrate understanding of key concepts in sociolinguistics
Required: Holmes, J. (2001). An introduction to sociolinguistics, 4th edition. Harlow, England: Longman.
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