This module introduces the key issues involved in the study of language attitudes and language ideology. We will address the political and ideological nature of language and communication, drawing on a number of paradigms of language attitudes and language ideology research to illustrate this. Our main focus will be on introducing the research methods used in the field, including experimental language attitudes research and qualitative approaches in language ideology research. Against this backdrop, the aim of this module is to develop case studies that investigate language attitudes and ideologies with regard to a range of varieties of English and other languages. A secondary focus will be on encouraging critical reflection on the relationship between beliefs about language, power relations, and social structure.
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(1) One 2,000 word report on group research project (50%)
(2) One 2,500 word essay (50%).