Sociolinguistics, broadly defined as the study of the relationships between language and society, encompasses a multitude of research questions and methods. Focusing on language in its social context, sociolinguists ask about linguistic diversity (the coexistence of languages in a community or society), linguistic variation (how patterns of language use correlate with social categories such as class, gender and age), and the rold of language in social life (including its relationships to power, identity and ideology). This course will introduce you to core concepts and methods in sociolinguistics, emphasising linguistic and quantitative aspects of the discipline. Rather than covering the entire discipline, this is just your introduction into the world of sociolinguistic research, and will be complemented by the second part of this course (in the spring term) as well as by later courses throughout this BA programme.
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(1) One 3,000-word essay (50%)
(2) One 3,000-word ethnographic study of a communicative event (50%)
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