Language and Society

What is the Structured Elective about?
This Structured Elective allows you to pursue study of the interface of society and language. It provides you with the opportunity to take a number of modules focusing on the role of language in society. The material covered deals specifically with the study of language in society rather than the structure of language.

Why should I take this Structured Elective?
The Structured Elective provides you with an insight into how language is used in society to encode cultural beliefs, identities, values, and social patterns. It will develop your ability to apply the basic techniques for collecting/eliciting and transcribing data, including the use of language corpora, elicitation tasks, introspection, questionnaires, interviews and other types of linguistic fieldwork

How would this Structured Elective benefit me?
This Structured Elective would particularly benefit students taking degrees in Language, Social Science, Law, Philosophy, Information and Communication Studies, Politics and Education.

How do I take the modules in the Structured Elective?

  • In order to earn this Structured Elective you must take the specified modules in or after 2016/17.
  • To receive this Structured Elective you must take the required modules as Elective modules and not as Core or Option modules.
  • You do not need to register for this Structured Elective in advance, it will be awarded when you complete 15 credits during your studies.
1 from: LING 10010 Language Use and Communication 5
At least 1 from: LING 20090
LING 20070
LING 20080
Sociolinguistics 2
Minority & Endangered Languages
Meaning 2: Meaning in Language
No more than 1 from: LING 20060
LING 30110
World Englishes
Sociolinguistics 3