LING571 Sociolinguistics and Language Ecology

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Updated: 13 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LING330 or LING371 or EDLA503
Notes None
Combined Units LING371 - Sociolinguistics and Language Ecology
Coordinator(s) Finex Ndhlovu (
Unit Description

Sociolinguistics is the study of how people use language to achieve social purposes, such as claiming or maintaining identity and group solidarity. This unit provides a broad introduction to this core area of linguistics and covers such topics as multilingualism, code-choice, language and superdiversity, language, migration and citizenship, language variation, dialectology, interactional studies, gender, language contact, language and inequality, and language and power. We also cover some important applications of sociolinguistics (vernacular education, and language policy and planning) and current debates in areas like creolisation, language testing for immigration and citizenship, language and social justice, and language endangerment and rights to language(s) of choice.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critically evaluate the relationships between languages and their speakers in given social groups;
  2. use autonomy and judgement to critically examine the effects of power relations on the varieties of language that speakers use;
  3. understand and critique the relationship between language variation and language change, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
  4. apply linguistic tools, techniques and theories of sociolinguistics to critically analyse language data; and
  5. critically analyse theoretical discussions of sociolinguistic phenomena, with reference to current theories of sociolinguistics.