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Module code:PLING150(Add to my personalised list)
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser:Bronwen Evans
Organiser's location:Rm 321, Chandler House
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Module prerequisites:Familiarity with basic concepts in phonetics and phonology  
Module outline:What does your accent say about you? Does your age or gender have an effect on how you speak? What about geography or social class? This course aims to develop students\' awareness of the complex relationship between spoken language and society through discussion of existing literature and through experience of handling data collected from studies of language variation. The focus will be on accent variation and change and so it is assumed that students will be familiar with basic concepts in phonetics and phonology. Understanding patterns of spoken language variation requires a multidisciplinary approach, and so during the course students will be introduced to aspects of historical linguistics, language acquisition, speech perception and production.  
Module aims:- To provide students with a sound core knowledge about the relationship between social variables and spoken language. - To introduce students to a variety of methods for investigating accent variation and change. - To introduce students to the different models, theories and frameworks for describing language variation.  
Module objectives:By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of; 1) the different situations in which language can vary (group or individual) and the different variables affecting speakers\' choice of speech style and forms (e.g., age, gender, social class) 2) the different research methodologies used in studies of language variation and change 3) the models, theories and frameworks for describing language variation, and their advantages and disadvantages 4) the role and impact of the study of language variation and change in other areas of linguistics (e.g., language acquisition, phonetics and phonology, historical linguistics) and in cognate disciplines, particularly Psychology.  
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Module assessment:Coursework (3,000 words) 100.00%. 
Notes:available as an option module (numbers permitting); UCL students can register on Portico, intercollegiate students should contact  
Taking this module as an option?:Available as an option module 
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