Courses Catalogue

Sociolinguistics

COURSE CODE: LIN 7123
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Master of Arts In Linguistics
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course examines language use in society with particular focus on the differences between language and dialect. One part of this course covers the variations in language use in relation to users, regions, ethnicity, politics and gender. Another part will explore theoretical explanations as to why people in similar contexts may vary in the way they use language variations using specific examples from a variety of languages in use.

Objectives

1)   To introduce students to the analytical skills used in sociolinguistics

2)   To expose students to the current theoretical assumptions in sociolinguistics

3)   To guide students to explore the relationship between linguistics and non-linguistics aspects such as gender, race and context

4)   To support students to apply sociolinguistics methods in data collection and analysis

Course Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1)   Derive sociolinguistic factors from sociology and linguistics

2)   Discuss issues of language policy

3)   Discuss language emergence

4)   Account for language distinctions and extinction

5)   Use sociolinguistics skills to explain variations in language use Competently explain language variations in their local languages