1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
Enrolment not permitted
LANG2004 has been successfully completed
Topic description
Language in Society examines ways in which social and interpersonal factors influence language variation and vice versa. Some of the issues discussed in this topic include: Regional variation in English and Romance languages, language and social class/status, language and gender, language and subcultures, language and new media (for example, the language of SMS), languages in contact, situational variation (e.g., formal vs. informal; written vs. spoken).
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • develop knowledge of sociolinguistic theories and concepts, both in general terms, and in their applications to the specificity of a chosen language (English, French or Italian)

  • develop students' ability to analyse a variety of authentic texts to identify linguistic features that are characteristic of specific textual genres and registers
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • summarise and illustrate the theoretical concepts introduced during the course

  • recognise, describe and analyse texts produced in the varieties of language discussed during the semester