Undergraduate Course: Sociolinguistics (LASC10002)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Sociolinguistics at Honours level builds on pre-Honours coursework in language variation, phonetics, and empirical methods (see Course Prerequisites). The course employs student-led research projects to develop practical, hands-on skills for analysing variation in language use.
Students will be designing and executing a novel analysis of linguistic variation and delve into theoretical issues in sociolinguistics such as:
- language change over time in a community,
- language change across an individual's lifespan,
- language variation due to context and audience,
- language variation due to social identity and social meaning.
There is an emphasis on collaborative learning strategies in this course. Students are expected to participate fully in discussions in class and to present new material. Lectures are supplemented with in-class exercises and discussions, and course participants are encouraged to work on their final project in a small group. Readings, lectures, and in-class exercises are supported by open, online discussions in which students are encouraged to relate academic work to their direct observations and experiences in the world.
The empirical foundation laid down in LEL2B or Linguistics 2B is essential preparation for this course (see Course Prerequisites).
Assessment is by combination of a take-home exam and a final project.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have prior training in basic statistics and empirical methods. Visiting student should also have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment is by: take-home exam (40%) and final project(60%).
|No Exam Information
| At the end of the course, all participants will be able to:
- analyse and interpret primary data
- critically evaluate the reasoning behind data interpretation
- critically evaluate the rationale for using particular methods for analysing data
- identify the major theoretical issues addressed in a sociolinguistics article
- report on their own research showing a synthesis of the above
- relate academic sociolinguistic research to their own experiences
- provide and ask for peer-support, e.g. in data collection, tutoring.
In addition, students may have developed skills in:
- quantitative analysis of data using Excel and R
- advanced statistical methods using R
- face-to-face interviewing
- fieldwork in the wider community
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
|Course organiser||Dr Lauren Hall-Lew
Tel: (0131 6)51 1836
|Course secretary||Miss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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