BA Latin and Linguistics / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Speech Community: Manchester English
|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|
Teaching and learning methods
2-hour seminars per week
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.
Students should develop skills in critically judging and evaluating evidence, recognising flaws in arguments, and assessing the merits of contrasting explanations.
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.
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.
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:
Tagliamonte, S. 2006 Analyzing sociolinguistic variation. Cambridge: CUP.
Articles and book chapters to be specified at the beginning of the course unit.
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|Maciej Baranowski||Unit coordinator|