Course: Studying sociolinguistic variation
Times: 1:30 - 5pm
Dates: Thursday and Friday, 5 - 6 December 2019
Instructor: Professor James Walker, La Trobe University
Registration: Please register here for Summer School 2019.
This course looks at the study of variation in language and its conditioning by social and linguistic factors. We focus on variation at the level of the individual speaker and their relation to larger groups based on global and local considerations, such as sex/gender, ethnic group and socio-economic status or role. We also look at the interaction of social factors with linguistic contexts. Some examples are drawn from English-speaking communities but we attempt to illustrate topics from a cross-linguistic perspective.
A basic understanding of linguistic concepts.
No background knowledge beyond general linguistics is required.
Students interested in quantitative analysis of their own data are invited to prepare questions for discussion at appropriate points in the course.
- Day 1: Variation and variables. Phonetic/phonological variation. Variable rule analysis.
- Day 2: Discourse-pragmatic variation. Social factors in variation. Advanced variable rule analysis.