ELL227 : Language Attitudes

Convener(s): Dr Chris Montgomery


General Information

Language attitudes impact daily on everyone's lives. This module will enable students to understand and investigate this important field. Students will be given a critical introduction to a varied range of techniques that have been used to investigate the attitudes we all hold about languages and language varieties. The results of language attitudes studies will be compared with students' own attitudes to linguistic variation and the module will encourage students to reflect on the foundations of these attitudes. The impact of language attitudes will be considered in a wider context, with students encouraged to understand the implications of theory and research findings for language users. Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to reflect on their own development as they conduct and present research into the language attitudes prevalent in the general population.


Lectures, Seminars, Study hours, Independent Study


This module has three pieces of assessment: 1. Presentation (10%). You will record a brief (5 minute) presentation dealing with key terms and concepts in the study of attitudes. 2. Poster presentation (40%). You will design and present a poster in which you will outline your methodological approach to a study of language attitudes. 3. Research report (50%). You will write up a piece of language attitudes research completed according to the methods outlined in assessment 2.

Contact Details

Dr Chis Montgomery , 0114 222 8470


Information last changed: Wednesday 15th of March 2017 :: 10:59:11 PM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK