The various theories of language variation in society are used to understand the relationship amongst people in society. The course is also important because it helps one identify people in society basing on the speeches they make.
This course looks at the sociolinguistic theories; language variation in society; monolingualism; bilingualism; multilingualism; language in contact- Code-mixing, code-switching, interference and borrowing;language maintenance; language shift and language death;language planning and language policy;standard language and the process of standardization; and the historical background of the sociolinguistic situation in Kenya and East Africa.
By the end of the course unit, students should be able to:
- Explain the various sociolinguistic theories and show how they are intertwined with language.
- Explain how factors such as social class and ethnicity affect one’s speech.
- Describe how language reflects the gender difference in society.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completion of this course unit, the students will be able to;
- Portray knowledge of the influence of speech interactions in society.
- Show understanding of how speech marks a speaker’s social identity.
- Portray knowledge on how language reflects gender difference in society.