The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Language is a powerful instrument for constructing and reflecting social and community identities. Who we are, how we identify with our own social group, our attitudes to other cultures, are all interconnected with language use and language values. This course investigates the role of language in constructing individual and social identities, and associated topics including language attitudes, language and nationality, and endangered languages.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the nature of the relationship between language and community.

2. Identify socio-cultural aspects of language use and language values.

3. Evaluate the effect of language attitudes on inter-group communication

4. Identify social and political forces that can lead to language death.


The course will investigate the role of language in the construction of individual and social identities. Attention will be given to the nature and boundaries of language communities, language and nationality, language attitudes and language endangerment.


This course replaces LING3004. If you have successfully completed LING3004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

LING1111 or LING1000 or equivalent

Assessment items

Essay: Essay (50%)

Presentation: Poster Presentation (40%)

Quiz: Online quiz (10%)