Module Details

LG102-4-FY-CO: Language In Use

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Language and Linguistics
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Vineeta Chand
Teaching Staff: Dr. V. Chand, Dr. CR. Clift, Prof. P. Patrick & Dr. E. Al-Wer
Contact details: Dr Vineeta Chand, office: 4.315, telephone 01206 872101, email

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This course is a general introduction to sociolinguistics - the study of the relationship between language and society - for complete beginners, and will be of interest not only to those taking degrees in Linguistics or English Language, but also to those studying other subjects, such as Sociology.
The module is divided into four sections (order varies):
(a) Myths and realities about language use in society, language attitudes and linguistic discrimination
(b) Language variation both within speakers and in the community as well as language change
(c) The relationship between the language we speak and the culture in which we operate, exploring such issues as language and world-view, the manifestation of power through language, the expression of politeness and some of the applications of sociolinguistics,
(d) Language contact and multilingualism, exploring why people use more than one language, how they choose and switch between them, and how new languages come into being.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The course consists of a weekly 2-hour lecture and discussion run by a lecturer and one 1-hour follow-up class, run by a GTA, during Autumn and Spring Terms. Each lecture will introduce a different sociolinguistic topic. Follow-up classes are designed to clarify any questions students may have about the content of the lectures, to discuss the issues raised in the lecture in more detail, and to develop writing and analytic skills appropriate for assessment. Tutorials will be offered by GTAs during Summer term prior to the Exam.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • Will be posted within syllabus.

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