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.
1x1hr seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x4000wd Research project (80%), 1x1000wd Online discussion (10%), 1x1000wd Quiz (10%),