Faculty of Arts


Language, Mind and Society


Course overview

Language is one of the most important aspects of being human. This course looks at the unique relations that hold between mind, society and language. That is, it surveys three areas of scoiolinguistic interest: the interaction between language structure and use on the one hand, and social structure and social norms on the other (sociolinguistics); the relationship between linguistic and cultural knowledge (anthropological linguistics); and the interrelationship of language and other cognitive structures, especially as it is revealed through language acquisition (psycholinguistics).

Course aims and objectives

At the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how differences in language use can manifest themselves at different levels of structure
  • Explain why we can say that there are no "single style" speakers
  • Discriminate between and define key terms in the field, e.g., code-switching, politeness, apparent time, macro-sociolinguistics, micro-sociolinguistics and others
  • Explain clearly to each other the relationship of different topics in the readings


Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Keith Montgomery

Recommended Reading

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Coursework + exam


LINGUIST 101: 15.0 points

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