Units of Study

LNGS1002 - Language and Social Context

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: William Foley


This unit introduces the study of the interrelationship between language and society. It is concerned with phenomena of language change and how that leads to varieties in a language. How are these varieties linked to social differences? What distinguishes male speech from female speech or what are the linguistic styles of different social classes or ethnic groups? What is slang, or jargon, and what distinguishes a casual conversation from an interview?


5x250wd short assignments (40%), 1x1-hr (1000wd) equivalent mid-term exam (20%) and 1x2hr (2000wd) equivalent final exam (40%)


Mesthrie, R., Swann, J., Deumert, A., Leap, W. 2000. 'Introducing Sociolinguistics'. Edinburgh University Press


2x1-hr lectures/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week

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