Language and Society

Course code LING2000Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Languages are variable and constantly changing, in response to the social lives and social environments of their speakers. This course explores the interrelatedness of language with social structure, and what influences how people speak in different social environments and situations. Students will learn about how language varies in relation to geographical region, social groupings, gender, age, and situational context. They will learn and practise scientific methods for studying and understanding such variation, and expand their own communication skills by gaining a deeper understanding of the social meanings expressed through language.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Discuss the range of social variation in language.
2. Describe key concepts and principles for the analysis of language variation.
3. Apply principles for the systematic collection of language data.
4. Present, discuss, and evaluate analyses of original data.
ContentThe course explores ways in which language embodies social variation, and investigates problems and principles in the study of social variation. Topics include:

1. Linguistic varieties spoken in Australia, including standard and non-standard varieties of English
2. Social variation in language use.
3. The social meaning of language choice.
4. Principles of linguistic analysis
Replacing Course(s)na
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLing1111 or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Assessment Items
Case Studies1 Case Study 30%
Essays / Written Assignments2 Take-home assignments 40%

1 review of a student peer's case study draft 10%
Presentations - Individual1 Presentation of draft of case study 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term