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LCOM1002 - Language, communication, society, field
Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 2:30 pm - 5:20 pm , CPD-LG.18
Prerequisite
A minimum Level 5 in English Language HKDSE exam, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.

In this introductory course to sociolinguistics, we address some fundamental topics in the positioning of language in human societies. We not only examine theories and issues, but also explore methods in conducting sociolinguistic research. Our investigation draws richly from both English as well as multilingual and non-English scenarios, critically examining classic sociolinguistic accounts from a contemporary perspective, and ultimately building a solid and comprehensive understanding of the workings of language and communication in society.

 

Topics

Topics covered include:

  • Language variation and change and its development as a topic of study
  • Stylistic variation (how individuals vary how they speak)
  • Language and gender
  • Language choice and multilingualism (code-switching)
  • Pidgins and creoles
  • Language policy and planning
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Global Englishes
  • Language on-screen

 

Objectives

This course aims to:

  1. introduce students to some fundamental topics in the positioning of language in human societies
  2. examine both theories and issues, and explore methods and practices
  3. critically examine classic accounts, and add a contemporary, multilingual perspective

 

Organisation

  • Lectures (2 hours a week) will introduce fundamental concepts and frameworks, including methods for engaging in fieldwork, and raise and discuss issues and debates in the field.
  • Tutorials (1 hour) will provide opportunities for students to engage in exercises, examine case studies and engage in reflection & discussion.

 

Assessment

Final essay or research project: 50%
In-class test: 40%
Tutorial contribution and participation: 10%

 

Texts

Students should purchase the course textbook*:

Holmes, Janet and Nick Wilson (2017) An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. Routledge: London.

*NB. The textbook can be purchased at a discounted price in HKU campus bookstores.

Other readings and texts will also be made available on the Moodle platform throughout the term.


Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 2:30 pm - 5:20 pm , CPD-LG.18
Prerequisite
A minimum Level 5 in English Language HKDSE exam, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.