Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we consider the relation between language, culture and thought. We explore universalist versus relativist views of language in relation to topics such as kinship, colour, models and metaphors. We also explore the relationship between language and social class, gender and ethnic group, variation in language styles and registers, and factors affecting language choice in contexts of multilingualism.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdam Schembri

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects LIN1NLA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year for the Linguistics minor in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Sociolinguistics 6th EditionPrescribedR. Wardhaugh 2010OXFORD: WILEY-BLACKWELL

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAdam Schembri

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Assignment 1 (200 words)5
Assignment 2 (600 words)15
Assignment 3 (1000 words)25
Essay (1800 words)45
Weekly tutorial worksheets (400 words)10