BA Latin and Linguistics

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Speech Community: Manchester English

Unit code LELA30521
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Linguistics & English Language
Available as a free choice unit? No


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
LELA20072 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
LALC10221A Pre-Requisite Compulsory

Teaching and learning methods

2-hour seminars per week
1-hour tutorial

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the course the students should be aware of the methodologies of variationist sociolinguistics; they should have an understanding of the quantitative analysis of linguistic data and of statistical significance testing; they should have an understading of the methods of observing and analysing linguistic change in progress.

Intellectual skills

Students should develop skills in critically judging and evaluating evidence, recognising flaws in arguments, and assessing the merits of contrasting explanations.

Practical skills

Students should be able to conduct sociolinguistic interviews and to analyse linguistic data quantitatively and to evaluate the methodologies used in the studies within the field.  They should be able to apply standard data analysis techniques and background concepts to new data.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students should develop skills in making high-quality audio recordings; they should develop skills in interpreting information presented in the form of diagrams, tables and graphs; they should be able to present new data in the form of tables and graphs; they should be able to apply and interpret the chi-quare test of statistical significance; they should also develop skills of successful self-directed study and research, with appropriate time-management.

Assessment methods

Research paper, 4000 words.  The resarch paper is a write-up of the project conducted throughout the semester.

There will be three assignments, forming components of the research paper, marked on a pass/fail basis.  Failure or non-completion will result in 5 marks being deducted from the final mark for each:

  • sociolinguistic interview; each student will conduct two interviews
  • data coding in Excel: each student will code two interviews, preliminary quantitative analysis in Excel
  • A Blackboard statistics quiz marked on a pass/fail basis: 5 points for failure or non-completion.


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Comments made during class discussion regarding the relevance and coherence of student responses/participation in discussion.

Feedback on the components of the research paper delivered orally in class and posted to Blackboard:

  • sociolinguistic interview - by the end of week 5
  • coding of data in Excel - by the end of week 7
  • individualised feedback on the statistics quiz on Blackboard by the end of week 6.



Recommended reading

Tagliamonte, S. 2006 Analyzing sociolinguistic variation. Cambridge: CUP.
Articles and book chapters to be specified at the beginning of the course unit.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Maciej Baranowski Unit coordinator

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