|Teacher/Coordinator: Dr A Mahboob|
Classes: 2 hours per wk
Assessment: Assignments totalling 5000 words, including a group research project.
Textbooks: Meshtrie, R., J. Swann, et al. (2000). Introducing Sociolinguistics. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.
A reader with additional readings will be made available.
|Language is a symbolic currency: mastery of the standard language can buy institutional power, mastery of urban teenage slang can buy street cred. This course introduces students to key issues in sociolinguistics and language sociology such as the political economy of language, language variation and change, and critical discourse analysis. Members of the class will undertake empirical research.|