Topics


-Variationist approaches to language in society
-Linguistic style
-Multilingualism
-Language and gender
-Language policy and planning
-Invented languages (“conlangs”)
-Forensic linguistics
-Pragmatics and intercultural communication
-English in its international contexts
-English in Hong Kong

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Objectives


The goals of this course are three-fold. First, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of sociolinguistics (key terms, major concepts and sociolinguistic methodology), enabling them to understand the perspective and development of the discipline. Second, students will be trained to analyse sociolinguistic studies and engage in critical thinking about the process of scholarly research. Third, students are encouraged to explore the connections between the discipline and their world, and build awareness of power and discrimination issues related to language use globally as well as in the Hong Kong context.

 

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Assessment


Group and/or individual presentations
Sociolinguistic extended essay (max. 2500 words)

 

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Texts


Textbooks recommended for students who have no prior linguistic or sociolinguistic background:
Mesthrie, Swann, Deumert and Leap (2009) Introducing Sociolinguistics. UK: Edinburgh University Press.
or
Holmes, J. and Wilson, N. (2017) An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (fifth edition). London: Routledge
Other course material will be available electronically via Moodle or in the library. Suggested readings will also be announced throughout the term.

 

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Last updated: 3 July 2019