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LING433 Sociocultural Language Topics

Sociocultural topics in language, its use and learning. Linguistic relativity, language socialisation, language and identity, and sociocultural theory in language research.

There is little question that language itself is a social and cultural phenomenon. Sociocultural factors play roles in language and its use and learning; and language plays a role not only in society and culture, but also in learning and development. This paper looks at several different approaches in which language and social and cultural influences have been investigated, including the influence of culture on language, language socialisation, the linguistic construction of identity, language and agency, and how language socially mediates development and learning.

Paper title Sociocultural Language Topics
Paper code LING433
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BA(Hons), GradDipSLT, PGDipArts
May not be credited together with LING422 passed in 2013 or 2014.
Teaching staff
Dr Anne Feryok
Paper Structure

100% Internal assessment.

Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught through seminars based on student participation, which the lecturer guides.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
All readings to be available on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Develop knowledge of sociocultural approaches to language issues
  • Develop discipline-specific knowledge of theory, research and research techniques
  • Be able to identify and critically engage with key concepts in spoken and written assessments
  • Be able to select, thematically integrate and critically assess published research and theoretical academic literature

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22