An 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.
The same person makes different language choices in different situations - even in
their native language. Why do you say 'Hey' or 'Mate!' to one person and 'Hello' or
'Sir' to another? Different aspects or identity are associated with different language
choices. Who is more likely to say 'It's absolutely fabulous!' or 'It's nice'? The
same language sounds different in different places. Why do NZers think Australians
say 'feesh and cheeps' and NZers say 'fush and chups'? The same language holds different
status to different people. How is Tok Pisin an official language, a lingua franca,
a creole, and a pidgin at the same time?
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.
|Paper title||Social Aspects of Language|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of English and Linguistics website
- Teaching staff
- Dr Anne Feryok
- Paper Structure
- Multilingual speech communities
- Language variation among users
- Language variation in use
- Wk 28 Introduction; Ch 1
- Wk 28 Social and regional variation; Ch 6
- Wk 29 Age; Ch 7 Variation and Age
- Wk 29 Gender; Ch 7
- Wk 30 Variation and networks; Ch 8 Gender and Change
- Wk 30 Change; Ch 9
- Wk 31 Change in NZ English; Ch 9
- Wk 31 Catch-up/review
- Wk 32 TEST; Ch 6, 7, 8, 9 and project planning
- Wk 32 Style in NZ English and US English; Ch 10
- Wk 33 Style and register; Ch 10
- Wk 33 Speech functions; Ch 11
- Wk 34 Conversational maxims; Ch 11 and project plan presentations
- Wk 34 Gender and interaction; Ch 12
- WEEK 35, 25-29 AUGUST, BREAK
- Wk 36 Politeness maxims; Ch 14 Politeness
- Wk 36 Catch-up/review
- Wk 37 TEST; Ch 10, 11, 12, 14
- Wk 37 Diglossia; Ch 2
- Wk 38 Code-switching; Ch 2 Code-switching
- Wk 38 Language shift, loss and death; Ch 3
- Wk 39 Factors and maintenance; Ch 3 and project presentations
- Wk 39 Varieties and contact languages; Ch 4
- Wk 40 National languages; Ch 5 Maintenance (or presentations)
- Wk 40 Language and cognition; Ch 13
- Wk 41 Language and culture; Ch 13
- Wk 41 Catch-up/review; Ch 2, 3, 4, 5, 13
- Test 1: 15%
- Test 2: 15%
- Project: 30% (5% written project plan, 15% written project report, 10% oral project presentation)
- Exam 40%
- Lectures and tutorials: 26 hours (26 one-hour lectures)
- Reading and studying: 46 hours (3.5 hours per week, plus .5 orienting to paper)
- Tutorials: 8 hours
- Test 1: 15 hours of studying
- Test 2: 15 hours of studying
- Project 3: 30 hours (planning = 10, collecting/analysing = 10, writing/presenting = 10)
- Final examination: 40 hours of studying
- Teaching Arrangements
- This paper is taught through lectures.
- Required: Holmes, J. (2001). An introduction to sociolinguistics, 4th edition. Harlow, England: Longman.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Research, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate understanding of key concepts in sociolinguistics.