ELL351 : Historical Sociolinguistics

Convener(s): Dr Christine Wallis


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

General Information

This module introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, analytical methods and data sources used for the study of language variation and change in a range of historical periods. Students will critically evaluate metalinguistic and linguistic evidence for historical sociolinguistic accounts of language history. They will analyse diverse data sources in order to investigate linguistic innovation and change in the history of the English language. They will also learn how to use sociolinguistic, empirical, social and historical principles in order to ascertain the validity of historical reconstructions of language in its social context.


Teaching will be by a combination of lectures and seminars.


1 2000-word critical essay and presentation
1 2000-word historical sociolinguistics data exercise (data collection and analysis)

Contact Details

0114 2220226


Information last changed: Monday 14th of August 2017 :: 12:34:41 PM (BST)

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