Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code A6255
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 火5/Tue.5
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市富士‐F405
Grade 2~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 200-level Intermediate Courses(中級)
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 200-level Intermediate Courses
Linguistics and Language Acquisition

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
This course provides students with a basic knowledge of sociolinguistics, the study of language in relation to society. The first part of the course is concerned with how individual language use is correlated with a variety of social variables, such as gender, age, class and ethnicity, by outlining a number of previous studies conducted in the English-speaking world. Particular reference is made to the classic research of William Labov, one of the founding figures of quantitative sociolinguistics.
 Later lectures focus on how and where a language or dialect is socially placed and ranked within a community, including multi-lingual/dialectal countries such as Singapore. Students who are or are becoming bilingual will find the discussion on bilingualism especially interesting when they learn that its implications not merely vary from one society to another, but have been significantly changing recently. Another major topic is language attitudes. They are not based on purely linguistic considerations, but connected with how people perceive and evaluate different dialects or accents.

【到達目標 / Goal】
By the end of the course, students will:
(1) understand key terminology, concepts and theories in sociolinguistics,
(2) have an awareness of ongoing language changes in society, and
(3) become familiar with interpreting quantitative/qualitative data for sociolinguistic analysis.

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )
This course is a combination of lectures and class discussions. Based on a flipped learning model, students have to read chapter handouts and answer assigned questions prior to attending each lecture. Submitted assignments and tests are reviewed in detail and commented on in the following week’s lecture.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】
授業形態 / methods of teaching:対面/face to face

回 / No. 各回の授業形態予定 / methods of teachingテーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 オンライン/onlineCourse Overview
Linguistics and Sociolinguistics
(1) Outlining the course contents and instructional methodologies
(2) Definitions of linguistics and sociolinguistics
(3) Interaction between linguistic and social variables
2 対面/face to faceLanguages and Dialects (1) How many languages are there in the world?
(2) Languages and dialects
3 対面/face to faceRegional and Social Variations (1) Dialect, accent and variation
(2) Regional and social variations
4 対面/face to faceWilliam Labov’s Studies (1) The social stratification of the non-prevocalic /-r/ in NYC
(2) Centralized diphthongs in Martha’s Vineyard
5 対面/face to faceLanguage and Gender (1) Genderlect
(2) Sexism and PC
(3) Gender and attitudes
6 対面/face to faceLanguage and Ethnicity (1) AAVE
(2) Ethnic markers in utterances
(3) Australian accents and ethnic groups in Sydney
(4) Features of Maori English
7 対面/face to faceMid-semester Exam
Language and Social Class (Part 1)
(1) Mid-semester examination
(2) Three Australian accents
8 対面/face to faceLanguage and Social Class (Part 2) (1) Three New Zealand accents
(2) H-dropping in Bradford and Norwich
9 対面/face to faceLinguistic Features and Indexicality (1) Indicators, markers and stereotypes
(2) Indexicality
(3) Enregisterment
10 対面/face to faceLanguage Attitudes (Part 1) (1) Language attitudes
(2) Preston’s (1989) study
(3) New Zealanders’ attitudes towards a variety of accents
11 対面/face to faceLanguage Attitudes (Part 2) (1) Rubin's (1992) study
(2) Approaches to language attitudes
12 対面/face to faceBilingualism and Multilingualism (1) Bilingualism and multilingualism
(2) Types of bilinguals
(3) Singapore as a multilingual country
(4) Code-switching and code-mixing
(5) Diglossia
13 対面/face to faceStandard and Non-standard English
Elaborated and Restricted codes
Pidgin and Creole
(1) The standard variety of a language
(2) Non-standard English
(3) Elaborated and restricted codes
(4) Pidgin and creole English
(5) Pidgin Japanese
14 対面/face to faceSummary and Final Exam (1) Review
(2) Final examination

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students are required to read the handouts beforehand so that they can actively participate in discussions. They may also need to consult chapter references or search for relevant online resources. Preparatory study and review time for this course are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
No textbooks are used. All handouts are posted on the course website, while additional materials will be provided in the classroom.

【参考書 / References】
Detailed references and suggestions for further reading are listed on each chapter handout. The following books will be helpful as a general introduction.

Holmes, J., & Wilson, N. (2022). An introduction to sociolinguistics (6th ed.). Routledge.
Wardhaugh, R., & Fuller, J. M. (2021). An introduction to sociolinguistics (8th ed.). Wiley Blackwell.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Evaluation will be based on in-class quizzes and take-home tasks (20%), a mid-semester exam (40%) and a final exam (40%). Attendance at the first class is mandatory. More than two unexcused absences will result in failure of the course.

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Students have been positive about the contents and method of instruction. Hyperlinked video clips are updated every year.

【学生が準備すべき機器他 / Equipment student needs to prepare】
The lectures are delivered using PowerPoint slides and Internet resources. The handouts are downloadable in PDF format.

【その他の重要事項 / Others】
It is highly recommended that students have completed 100-level linguistics courses with a good understanding. This course is cross-listed with the Global Open Program. Non-GIS students may join if they demonstrate solid background in linguistics and meet the minimum English proficiency requirement: TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS 6.0.

No prerequisite is required.