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CENTRE FOR MODERN LANGUAGES & HUMAN SCIENCES

UHE3112 LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY

Code

UHE3112

Name

LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY

Prerequisite

UHL2422

Synopsis

This course aims to provide opportunity for students to explore different aspects of the relationship between language and society. Specific topics will include language and social variations, regional and social dialectology, pidgins and creoles, code choice, speech community, language change, language and culture, language and gender and related disciplines. The input will familiarise students with the basic concepts and methods of sociolinguistics, ranging from wider macro social phenomena to micro level analysis of face-to-face interaction. Group discussion and study projects will enable students to apply the theoretical knowledge they gain in lessons into the directed research assigned based on selected theme.

Objectives

By the end of semester, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the basic concepts and methods ofvarious aspects of language and society;                                                   
  2. Analyse the types of linguistic variations within society, and the causes and effects of linguistic change;                                                               
  3. Evaluate the social and technological implications of dialect variation, gender and ethnic differences and other social variables in language differences;
  4. Work in group to carry out directed research on assigned topic; and
  5. Demonstrate presentation skills on given topics.

Coordinator

Ahmad Nasaruddin Sulaiman


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