Units of Study

LNGS7002 - Language, Society and Power

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Ahmar Mahboob

Description

Language is a symbolic currency: mastery of the standard language can buy institutional power, mastery of urban teenage slang can buy street cred. This course introduces students to key issues in sociolinguistics and language sociology such as the political economy of language, language variation and change, and critical discourse analysis. Members of the class will undertake empirical research.

Assessments

1x5000wd assignment, including a group research project (100%)

Textbooks

Stockwell, P. (2007) Sociolinguistics: A resource book for students. London: Routledge.
Mesthrie, R. Swann, J. Deumert, A. and Leap, W. (2009) Introducing Sociolinguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Classes

1x2-hr seminar/week

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