Methods in Sociolinguistic Variation ENGLANG4043

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide students with the necessary tools to conduct a quantitative analysis of variation in spoken or written language data, and report on the findings in journal article format.


1 x 2hr session per week (comprising 5x2hr seminars; 5x2hr workshop) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

This is one of the Honours options in English Language and Linguistics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Language and Linguistics, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

It is recommended that students will have taken ENGLANG4053 Sociolinguistics.

Excluded Courses

ENGLANG4018 Sociolinguistics




Report (3,000 words) - 75%

Data coding exercise (1,500 words) - 25%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ investigate key research practices in sociolinguistic research;

■ apply these research practices to the students' own data in order to answer a relevant research question;

■ show how to convey research findings in a manner appropriate for an academic audience.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify a novel research question from available data;

■ collect, transcribe and code language data;

■ conduct a statistical analysis of language data;

■ write a report in the form of a journal article which synthesises and interprets main findings from their research.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.