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LING71-105: Language in Society September 2020 [Standard - Language in Society]

General information

This subject introduces the nature of the complex relationship between language and its social context. It focuses on sociolinguistic aspects of language use such as bilingualism and social or regional dialects. Students are encouraged to examine and compare their own linguistic varieties and their determining social factors. The subject is suitable for students who specialise in language-related fields or are interested in how languages are used in the society.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:LING71-105
Subject title:Language in Society
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x36 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly lecture
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Please let your lecturer know if you cannot attend a class. On-campus students: submit your medical certificate if required. Online students: please watch the recorded sessions at the earliest opportunity.


Prescribed resources:
  • Janet Holmes & Nick Wilson (2017). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. 5th edition, London: Routledge , 489. All
  • Janet Holmes and Nick Wilson (2017). You tube channel. [Website] Routledge.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Understand the relationship between language and society;
  2. Understand sociolinguistic concepts such as bilingualism, diglossia and variation;
  3. Analyse language change, loss and maintenance;
  4. Understand the relationship between linguistic varieties and their users.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge about sociolinguistic landscape of Australia.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Project Language and Society Project on a topic selected and approved by week 2. Part 1: Seminar Presentation (15 min; 30%; weeks 5 & 6). Part 2: Research report (2500 words; 40%, week 10) 70% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Online Quiz The test is iLearn-based and it covers the contents covered in the first part of the semester. It consists of short questions & answers and scenario tasks. The test is open-books, with limited time to answer the questions. 30% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This session examines the relationship between language and society from a sociolinguist's perspective.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Over two weeks, we will discuss bilingualism and diglossia.

1, 2, 3, 4.

This session will look into processes of language shift in different language communities.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Do you know what these are? Vernaculars, lingua francas, pidgins and creoles: make a guess before the class.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Students present seminars on the sociolinguistic topic of their interest and choice. Topics must be approved by the lecturer by the end of Bond week 2.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Why do people sound so different in the same language? Regional and social dialects.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Why do people sound different between generations and places? Language change in time and place.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Language and gender: let's examine some of the great myths about men and women talk!

1, 2, 3, 4.

Languages in Australia: the development of Australian English: when and how did it evolve?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Languages in Australia: the fascinating story about the Australian Aboriginal Languages, their past, present and future

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Approved on: Jul 24, 2020. Edition: 2.4