ARTSC105-20B (NET)

Language in Context

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
General and Applied Linguistics

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: vanessa.mclean@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper examines the way in which language is used as an expression of a speaker's culture and social group, and considers how language varies according to social context. Through the rich disciplinary context of sociolinguistics, students are initiated into participation in the tertiary environment, with an emphasis on developing academic research and writing strategies.

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Paper Structure

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Lecture content is organised around three themes:

Topic One: Language in a multilingual world

Topic Two: Language & place

Topic Three: Language & people

Topic Four: Language & the social self

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Think Critically about Language Use

    identify and critically evaluate assumptions that are commonly held about the way that people communicate in context, both in regards to their own language use, and the strategies used by speakers from other societies and cultures

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  • Consider Social & Contextual Factors

    identify and interpret the role of social and contextual factors in language production

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  • Analyse Language in Context

    apply a number of different frameworks and tools to analyse language in context, including the autoethnographic analysis of linguistic communication, a visual semiotics and discourse analysis of an image/text advertisement, and the ethnography of communication framework

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  • Develop Research Skills

    locate and access information relevant to the course from a variety of sources and platforms, and for specific purposes

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  • Access information from Academic Readings

    read academic texts effectively, including as appropriate the ability to read a single source closely, and to synthesise information from multiple sources and cite this using a specified referencing system

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  • Access and Interpret Quantitative Information

    read and interpret basic graphs and tables presenting quantitative sociolinguistic data, and understand the limitations of such data

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  • Communicate effectively in Written English

    produce a variety of traditional written forms, from guided note-taking in classes, to auto-ethnographic accounts to formal academic writing of varying lengths using appropriate technical vocabulary

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  • Communicate effectively in Spoken English,

    actively participate in group learning and develop of collaborative responses which are presented to peers.

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  • Develop Academic Integrity

    apply critical analysis skills to support their developing academic integrity towards becoming responsible researchers.

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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1 - Language histories
7 Aug 2020
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 2: Varieties of English
4 Sep 2020
No set time
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 3: Language at work
2 Oct 2020
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 4: The social self
27 Oct 2020
No set time
30
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The textbook for this course is:

An introduction to sociolinguistics. (5th ed., published in 2017) by Janet Holmes and Nick Wilson. (2017). Earlier editions are also suitable, particularly the 2013 edition.

Note: this textbook is available electronically through the University of Waikato library OR you can purchase a hard copy.

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Recommended Readings

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Further course readings are available from the Waikato Reading List for this paper.

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Other Resources

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Other linguistics resources

Crystal, D. (2003). A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Available at the library (P29.C89 Quick Reference, Level 2), or online http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.waikato.ac.nz/lib/waikato/docDetail.action?docID=10278474

Trask, R. L. (1997). A student’s dictionary of language and linguistics. London: Arnold. Available at the library (P29.T73).

Useful online English dictionary and thesaurus:
http://www.oxfordreference.com

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Learning materials, the paper outline, assignment details and extra advice will be available from this site. Class announcements will also be made through Moodle and students can communicate with the lecturer using the ‘Ask Julie’ discussion forum on moodle.
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Workload

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The workload for this course amounts to one quarter of a full-time student’s working time (approx. 10 hours per week). This typically comprises:

  • Attendance at lectures (3 hours per week);
  • Attendance at one weekly tutorial (1 hour);
  • Completing the required readings from the text book and other reading as advised (approximately 2 hours);
  • Tutorial preparation, assessment work (as many hours as needed).
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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: LING132

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