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LING3015 Sociophonetic Project Module

Module Overview

This final year module builds on the theoretical grounding students gained in LING 2011 Variation and Change in English and the instrumental analysis techniques from LING 2008 Sound and Voice. In Sociophonetic Project Module, students will put the theory and techniques into practice by designing and conducting their own small-scale sociolinguistic project. The module will be computer lab-based and structured around a series of sessions that will equip students with a sociophonetic ‘toolkit’. The sessions will combine taught theory and practical methods. Sessions will start with a taught element to guide students through the supporting theory, followed by practical methodological skills session where students will put the theory into practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Students will gain theoretical knowledge, as well as practical skills which they will use to implement and test elements of sociolinguistic theory. The course will be designed around key theoretical and methodological tenets of the Variationist Paradigm: • the linguistic variable; • quantifiable variation; • principle of accountability; • social and variable constraints; • multivariate analysis This theory will be organised around the key methodological skills • identifying a variable; • constructing research questions; • data collection; • transcription • circumscribing the variable context; • data coding; • analysing variation • interpreting and embedding analysis within wider literature

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The ability to engage with current sociolinguistic theory and use this to form original research questions
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The ability to select and research suitable variables in order to test specific hypotheses
  • The ability to relate specific and testable hypotheses to wider debates within the field
  • The ability to relate sociolinguistic theory to broader issues in language and society.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Gain skills and expertise in data collection
  • Gain skills and expertise in transcription of spoken data
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Gain skills and expertise in phonetic coding of sociolinguistic data
  • Gain skills and expertise in multivariate analysis of sociolinguistic data

Syllabus

The module is likely to cover the following topics: - Quantitative linguistic variation - Sociolinguistic analysis methodology - Language and identity - Gender - Age - Ethnicity - Language change - Language across the lifespan

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Weekly 2-hour lab session consisting of lecture or demonstration followed by practical exercises which will contribute towards final project. • 3 optional drop-in ‘trouble-shooting’ workshops • A number of formative assignments to ensure project workload is managed

TypeHours
Independent Study82
Teaching28
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Praat software. free computer program. Already installed on university network. http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/

Jack Chambers (2008). Sociolinguistic Theory. 

Transcriber free computer software. Free - may need to be downloaded onto uni network. http://trans.sourceforge.net/en/presentation.php

Sali Tagliamonte (2006). Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
A lab report  (10 minutes) 10%
Analysis  () 10%
Analysis  () 10%
Assignment  (1000 words) 10%
Research project Report  (3000 words) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Students must have taken LING2011 or LING2008 (or equivalent at home institution) as pre-requisite.

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Other

There are no additional costs to students

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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