At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
By the end of the course, students will adopt a critical approach to sociolinguistics, its evolution, its place in linguistics and its methodology. The students will be familiar with the traditional sociolinguistic trends and research paradigms (W.Labov in the States and P.Trudgill in England, etc.) as well as the more recent developments about 'sociolects', 'ethnolects' and 'genderlects' (linguistic variations based respectively on social class, ethnic origin and gender). Students should also be able to carry out personal linguistic research in the field.
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”.
The course focuses primarily on social factors such as social class, ethnic origin, age and gender and their impact on language (e.g. accent, vocabulary, language interactions). Special emphasis will be placed on research methods and the types of data used in the field.
Part of the course will also be devoted to critical discourse analysis.
- written exam
- continuous assessment (attendance, group work, participation in classroom discussions)
Students who have more than 2 unjustified absences or who have not presented their oral communication will not be allowed to register for the exam.
In case of resit, evaluation will be based on a written exam (and an oral presentation of a scientific article if requested by the lecturer)
- Stockwell, P. (2007) Sociolinguistics : A resource book for students. Routledge (2nd edition).
- Holmes, J. (2008) An introduction to sociolinguistics. Third edition. Harlow: Pearson Longman Education (3rd edition).