School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

LALS-563 – Issues in Sociolinguistics

Faculty:Humanities & Soc ScCorequisites:None
School:Linguistics & Applied LanguageRestrictions:None

This course is a core course for the MA in Linguistics and an optional course for the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. As such the course centres around those areas of sociolinguistics which are of interest to both sociolinguists and applied linguists.

Tuition Fees

2016: domestic $913.35     international $2,463.90

Set texts

Hornberger, Nancy H. and Sandra Lee McKay (eds.) 2010. Sociolinguistics and Language Education. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

In addition, a set of reading materials to be used in the course is available for purchase through vicbooks, and available electronically on Blackboard. Textbooks and student notes will be available from

Recommended reading

Holmes, Janet 2013 (4th edition). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. Harlow: Pearson Ed.
(A good guide to basic concepts and ideas. This is recommended pre-reading for the course.)

Bayley, Robert, Richard Cameron and Ceil Lucas (eds.) 2013. The Oxford handbook of Sociolinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Coupland, Nikolas & Adam Jaworski (eds.) 2009. The New Sociolinguistics Reader. London: Macmillan.
Llamas, Carmen, Louise Mullany & Peter Stockwell 2006. The Routledge Companion to
. Abingdon, [England]; N.Y.: Routledge.
Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, A. Deumert & William L. Leap 2009 (2nd ed.). Introducing Sociolinguistics.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Trimester 2 2016

* indicates instructor is the course coordinator.

CRNFrom/ToDaysTimeBuilding [Campus]RoomInstructor
10605 (L1) 25 Jul – 21 Aug 2016Thu1610 - 180024 Kelburn Pde [Kelburn]101Corinne Seals
25 Jul – 21 Aug 2016Thu1610 - 180024 Kelburn Pde [Kelburn]101
5 Sep – 16 Oct 2016Thu1610 - 180024 Kelburn Pde [Kelburn]101
10657 (L1) 25 Jul – 13 Nov 2016tba [Distance (NZ)] Corinne Seals

Course Outline Information

For FHSS and NZSM course outlines (current and previous years), please refer to the Course Outlines page on the FHSS website.