LINGS303-19B (HAM)

Sociolinguistics

15 Points

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

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: alexandra.cullen@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This course explores the connections between natural languages and human societies. We will consider how societies as a whole may regulate language use through policy and planning, and how languages themselves change as a result of practice (such as in situations of language contact).We will also look at how the language of individuals is affected by society: determining the variety which an individual might speak in a given context, how language varies across different types of individuals, and how an individual might adjust their language depending on different situations, or more generally over the span of their life.
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Paper Structure

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This paper will be delivered via a two hour lecture and a one hour tutorial each week in Semester B.

Lectures

Attendance of lectures is assumed, and any information given or papers distributed in class (including assignments) will be deemed to have been made available to all students enrolled in the course. If for some reason you are unable to attend a lecture, it is your responsibility to ensure that you acquire those materials either from fellow students or from the lecturer. Please note that some assessments will be carried out during the lecture time.

Tutorials
This paper has a tutorial to support student learning. The importance of attending the lectures as well as the tutorial cannot be stressed enough. Please note that some assessments will take place during tutorials

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Discuss the nature of linguistic variation
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  • Critically assess the impact of language attitudes in society and on individuals
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  • Acquire knowledge about language legislation, policy and planning and their impact
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  • Discuss societal multilingualism
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  • Identify several issues which affect how languages change over time
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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: Tutorial presentation
30
  • In Class: In Tutorial
2. Assignment 2: Literature Review
6 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
35
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
3. Assignment 3: Class Test
8 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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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Required Readings

Required book:

Meyerhoff, Miriam 2011. Introducing Sociolinguistics. 2nd ed. Routledge. P40 .M498 2011
An online version of this book is available through the University library catalogue.


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Recommended Readings

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Held at Library on Course Reserve:

Bell, A. (2014). The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell. (available online)

Coulmas, F. 2013. Sociolinguistics: The Study of Speakers’ Choices. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. P40 .C63 2005
Coupland, N. and Jaworksi,, A. 1997. Sociolinguistics: A Reader and Coursebook. London: Macmillan. P40.S62 1997
Wardhaugh, R. 2010. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. P40.W27 2010

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Other Resources

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Research articles may be posted on Moodle as additional reading so please check the page regularly.
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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.
Lecture slides, tutorial materials, assignment details, additional readings, important dates and other messages are available from this site.
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Workload

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This paper is a 15 point paper, with an expectation of 150 hours of work associated with it.
It involves three contact hours per week, supported by reading, with additional hours required for the preparation of formal assessment.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: LINGS201 or LING204

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: LING304

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