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.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Seminar-like course ; reading list ; classroom discussions ; paper presentations.
The seminars are given face to face (or online via Teams or using dual mode teaching if face to face sessions are impossible in case of a health crisis for example).
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.
- oral presentation of a scientific paper that covers one of the topics of the course (30%).
- written exam (60%).
- continuous assessment (group work, participation in discussions) (10%).
- Scientific articles, documents and slide on Moodle.
- Baker, P. (2010) Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics. Edinburgh University Press.
- Holmes, J. (2008) An introduction to sociolinguistics. Third edition. Harlow: Pearson Longman Education (3rd edition).
- Spolsky, B. (1998) Sociolinguistics. Oxford. Oxford University Press.
- Stockwell, P. (2007) Sociolinguistics : A resource book for students. Routledge (2nd edition).
- Wardhaugh, R., and Fuller, J.M. (2015) An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. Wiley Blackwell.
- Documents and articles on Moodle