ELL355 : Language and Identity

Convener(s): Dr Chris Montgomery


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

General Information

This module will allow students to learn about and critically appraise dialectological methods past and present. Students will use new techniques that will enable them to understand how dialectology will evolve as a discipline in the future by completing spatially sensitive analyses of the relationship between language use and geography. Throughout the module, students will learn how to select appropriate linguistic features for analysis by using a range of linguistic and non-linguistic materials. In order to inform their work, students will learn how to extract and interpret data from census.ac.uk and other national databases. In addition, this module will teach students how to use Geographical Information Systems in order to map and interpret linguistic and social data.


The module will be taught in two blocks. The first block of the module (running from weeks 1-8) will comprise 1 hour lectures and seminars, and is designed to introduce key concepts and theory. The second block (weeks 9-12) will comprise 3 hour lab sessions, in which students will be given practical experience of using Geographical Information Systems and datasets extracted via census and other governmental databases.


Assessment will be by a literature review & plan of features for analysis, and a data analysis & research report.

Contact Details

Dr Chris Montgomery, 0114 222 8470


Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:45 PM (BST)

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