In this course the student focuses on variation in language that is as a result of the social and cultural contexts in which it is normally used. Such contexts give rise to language variation related to regional, class, occupational and gender differences as well as bilingualism, all of which can succinctly be studied with specific reference to English.
This course deals with language use in society and focuses in particular on the kind of variations that are manifested once English is examined in the various social and cultural settings in which it occurs.
To identify the social categories that are responsible for the sociolinguistic variables manifested within a speech community.
To ensure that the student is aware of the various types of phenomena that are likely to occur when languanges come in contact with each other.
To ensure that the student is sufficiently aware of the linguistic features of the two major regional varieties in English: British versus American English.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completion of this course unit, students should be able to:
Identify and be able to link elements of language variation with the social categories that give rise to the manifested variation.
Discuss linguistic phenomena which typify languages in contact situations.
Portray sufficient knowledge of the features of British and American varieties of English.