In this course we examine language as a social phenomenon, exploring the relationships between variation in language use and social processes. We will work with quantitative and qualitiative methods in discussing language variation and change in a range of situations. Broad themes will include linguistic styles, registers and varieties aligned with different contexts, e.g. region, class, gender, ethincity, identity, age, power; the concept of "standard" languages; and social practises in, and outcomes of, multilingualism and languages in contact. Students will undertake independent research projects.