Speech in any society may take different forms, and we as speakers choose between them for particular reasons. Why does a speaker choose one particular form in a particular situation? In this course we examine the choices speakers make in different contexts, for varying
- quantitative and qualitiative approaches to language variation and change;
- styles, registers and varieties tied to particular contexts;
- regional and social varieties of English;
- relationships between language and gender, class, ethnicity and social networks
- sociolinguistic aspects of multilingualism, including issues of minority language maintenance, revitalization and attrition.