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This module is available for 2017/18

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Module code:PLING150 (Add to my personalised list)
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Bronwen Evans
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):
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 phonetic and phonological 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 as related to phonetic and phonological variation and change. - To introduce students to a variety of methods for investigating phonetic and phonological variation and change. - To introduce students to the different models, theories and frameworks for describing phonetic and phonological variation and change.  
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.  
Key skills provided by module:- data analysis - critical thinking - writing and presentation skills 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Coursework (3,000 words) 100.00% 
Notes:This module is available for students on other degree programmes, numbers permitting. Please note that students are expected to be familiar with basic concepts in phonetics and phonology and comfortable with analysing speech data in software programs such as Praat ( - free to download). If you have some background in phonetics and phonology, but have not studied this extensively at degree level, then it is recommended that you read and are familiar with Peter Ladefoged’s A Course in Phonetics (any edition) and Michael Ashby & John Maidment’s Introducing Phonetic Science. Interdepartmental students registered at UCL should register for the course on Portico. Intercollegiate students should contact Pia Horbacki ( for a registration form. Interdepartmental and intercollegiate students with a disability requiring additional support should contact the lecturer or Pia as soon as possible.  
Taking this module as an option?:Available as an option module 
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Last updated:2017-09-25 11:59:59 by uclybge