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

2015: domestic $886.80     international $2,346.60

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

Meyerhoff, Miriam 2010. Introducing Sociolinguistics. London: Routledge.
(A good guide to basic concepts in sociolinguistics. 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 2015

* indicates instructor is the course coordinator.

CRNFrom/ToDaysTimeBuilding [Campus]RoomInstructor
10605 (L1) 13 Jul – 23 Aug 2015Mon1210 - 1400Von Zedlitz [Kelburn]105Meredith Marra*
Corinne Seals 
7 Sep – 18 Oct 2015Mon1210 - 1400Von Zedlitz [Kelburn]105
10657 (L1) 13 Jul – 15 Nov 2015tba [Distance (NZ)] Meredith Marra*
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.