Taught course

Language in Society

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Language and Linguistics
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A 2.2 degree in the following disciplines: English Language Studies, English Language and Literature, Teaching(English), Linguistics, Modern Languages.

We will accept applicants with a in an unrelated area but which contains a substantial element of education, Linguistics, Language Studies and Teaching.

Months of entry

October

Course content

In what way does society influence the way that we use language? And conversely, how far does the way we use language influence society? Can language use impact the class system? Sexism? Mental health?

On our MA Language in Society, you address questions like these through exploration of the stylistic, cognitive and functional aspects of language variation and change. We familiarise you with the foundations of contemporary sociolinguistics, including:

  • Language variation and change
  • Ethnography of speaking
  • Multilingualism
  • Discourse.

We additionally offer modules in some of the most prominent sub-disciplines in linguistics such as variation theory, socio-pragmatics, conversation analysis, language contact, language and gender, and language rights.

You also gain first-hand experience of interview, questionnaire and observation data and learn quantitative and qualitative methodologies for coding and analysing sociolinguistic interview and questionnaire data.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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