Sociolinguistics

lclig2160  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Sociolinguistics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
15.0 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Language
French
Main themes
This course is threefold :
1.The study of theoretical concepts : linguistic variation (language, dialect, "patois", etc.), languages in contact (bilingualism, diglossia, etc.), linguistic community, linguistic market (speakers and norms), linguistic utterances and speakers' representations.
2.The presentation of the technical skills required by the sociolinguistic inquiry (creating questionnaires, selecting samples, data processing, etc.).
3.The application of theoretical and methodological skills through field work.
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will be able:
1.To understand the conceptual framework developed by sociolinguistics for the analysis of the relationship between the speaker, the language and the social group.
2.To understand the methods of contemporary sociolinguistics, while applying critical points of view.
3.To make use of both theoretical and methodological competences as acquired in concrete situations (namely field inquiries).
 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
The course will first recount the historical context of the emergence of sociolinguistics and will thereafter present the various trends which were developed within this discipline (with a focus on their epistemological and methodological orientations). For each of them, the course will focus, on the one hand, on their main issues and on the vision of the links between language and society they put forward, and on the other hand, on their main research methods and types of data. This journey into the history and trends of sociolinguistics allows to discuss different themes (linguistic variation in relation with social class, age, sex ; linguistic attitudes in the French-speaking world, role language plays in the circulation of ideologies and critical analysis of political discourse, etc.).
Teaching methods
The course is mainly based on the teacher's lectures, but these are nonetheless completed by and fed with readings of seminal articles and students' discussions of sociolinguistic issues (via forums on Moodle or during course sessions). Training is continued through meetings between teacher and individual students aiming at preparing the final assessment.
Evaluation methods
The assessment is based on students' personal research, which will be synthesized in a written paper and presented verbally. During this oral presentation, students should also be able to answer questions regarding the general content of the course.
Other information
A course website will be available through Moodle and will allow students to access information and documents related to the course (e.g. various papers illustrating each approach discussed during the course).
Bibliography


Voir site Moodle du cours.
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in Anthropology

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Journalism

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Communication

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Ethics

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Advanced Master in Gender Studies

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Psychology

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language