Instructor: Prof. D.C. Walker
Office: Social Sciences 1342; Craigie Hall D 414
Electronic Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dcwalker/
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 2:00 - 3:00 (in SS 1342) or by appointment
Course description: Social differentiation of
in terms of the gender, socio-economic
status and geographical distribution of speakers.
Time: Monday - Friday 8:00 - 12:00 (Block Week Course,
January 3 - 7), Room: SS 109
Textbook: Holmes, Janet. An
Introduction to Sociolinguistics (second edition). Harlow:
Education Ltd. 2001.
Examinations: Examination on
pre-session study (Monday): 15%
One mid-term examination (Wednesday): 15%
One written report (5 pages maximum): 10%
Final examination (take-home): 60%
The written report is due on Monday, January 10. The final
examination is due on Friday, January 14.
N.B.: This is a Block Week course requiring concentrated work
over a short period. There is a
pre-session study requirement covering pages 1 - 15 and 123 - 174 of
the Holmes textbook plus Exercise 2 on page 3 and Exercise 4 on page
157. The book will be available in the University Bookstore
during the month of November.
All assigned work is due on time. A missed report or examination will result in a grade of F unless a valid excuse is presented, in which case a redistribution of grades will be arranged. There are no makeup examinations. Students should familiarize themselves with all relevant academic regulations, particularly those regarding academic misconduct, as published in the University Calendar.
Grading of Reports and Examinations: Work will be assessed and letter grades assigned using the undergraduate grading system described on pages 43-44 of the 2004-2005 University of Calgary Calendar. The final grade in the course will be calculated using the grade point values corresponding to the individual letter grades.
Prerequisites: Linguistics 201/203 or 205/207. A student may not register in any Linguistics course unless a grade of at least ‘C-’ has been obtained in each prerequisite for that course.
Undergraduate Advisor for Linguistics: D. Howe, SS 806;
New sites suggested by class participants,
Some representative questions relevant to the study of sociolinguistics.
Some useful sociolinguistic terminology.
Some useful www sites dealing with sociolinguistics.
List of possible project topics.
Copy of consent form for use in classroom-oriented research projects.
Chambers, J.K and Peter Trudgill. 1998. Dialectology (second
Chambers, J.K, Peter Trudgill and Nathalie Schilling-Estes. 2004. The Handbook of
Language Variation and Change. Oxford: Blackwell.
Coulmas, Florian, ed. 1997. The Handbook of Sociolinguistics. Oxford: Blackwell.
Coupland, Nikolas and Adam Jaworski, eds. 1997. Sociolinguistics: A Reader. New York: St.
Downes, William. 1998. Language and Society (second edition). Cambridge: CUP.
Eckert, Penelope. 2000. Linguistic Variation as Social Practice. The Linguistic Construction of Identity
in Belten High. Oxford: Blackwell.
Hudson, Richard. 1996. Sociolinguistics (second edition). Cambridge: CUP.
Labov, William. 1972. Sociolinguistic Patterns. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Macaulay, Ronald. 1994. The Social Art. Language and Its Uses. Oxford: OUP.
Milroy, Lesley. 1987. Observing and Analysing Natural Language. A Critical Account of
Sociolinguistic Method. Oxford: Blackwell.
Milroy, Lesley and Matthew Gordon. 2003. Sociolinguistics. Method and Interpretation. Oxford: Blackwell.
Romaine, Suzanne. 2000. Language in Society. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (second edition).
Spolsky, Bernard. 1998. Sociolinguistics. Oxford: OUP.
Trudgill, Peter. 1995. Sociolinguistics. An Introduction to Language and Society. Harmondsworth:
Wardhaugh, Ronald. 1992. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (second edition). Oxford: Blackwell.
Two Useful Glossaries:
Swann, Joan, Ana Deumert, Theresa Lillis and Rajend Mesthrie. 2004. A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics.
Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.
Trudgill, Peter. 2003. A Glossary of Sociolinguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Some important sociolinguistics journals:
International Journal of Bilingualism
International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
Journal of Sociolinguistics
Language in Society
Language Variation and Change
Note: the bibliography dealing with sociolinguistics and related
is enormous. In addition to specialized journals, many
of sociolinguistic matters are found in general linguistic journals (Language,
of Linguistics, Lingua,
Linguistica, Canadian Journal
with specialized interests in sociolinguistic questions should contact