Language and Social Context (LNGS1002)

UNIT OF STUDY

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?

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Further unit of study information

Classes

2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

Assessment

5x250wd short assignments (40%), 1x1hr 1000wd equivalent mid-term exam (20%), 1x2hr 2000wd equivalent Final exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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