Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject deals with the nature and function of speech variation within communities: social, ethnic, gender and age differences; non-standard speech forms and their social functions; bilingualism and language contact; language shift and language death. Variation across communities is also considered in terms of different speech patterns used in different cultures.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJames Walker

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTutorial exercises and participation, Assignments, Tests

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 15 credit points at first-year level from Linguistics All other students require Coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsLIN3LIS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAllan Bell





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Students are able, independently or in small groups, to present their own views and the views of others in tutorial presentations.
02. Students will articulate connections between their study of linguistics and issues of personal or social concern.
03. Students will be able to search for and locate information beyond the specific suggestions embodied in subject guides. Students will be familiar with library resources in the field of linguistic study. Students will be able to show independent thinking in their essay materials.
04. Students will become more adept at engaging with and describing this linguistic diversity.
05. Students will develop their ability to present and analyse data in written form. They will become more sophisticated in articulating and defending their analyses.
06. Students will expand the domains of linguistics across which they are able to deploy analytical and problem solving techniques.
07. Students will work co-operatively on various tasks, and discuss linguistic analyses of particular datasets.
08. Under guidance, students will be able to solve problems of increasing complexity across a wider range of sub-disciplines of linguistics.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJames Walker

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One hour in-class test (1000 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO8

Weekly exercises (400 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8

Two Assignments (total 2600 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo65 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8