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Introductions

Welcome to our course on sociolinguistics.

Over the next four weeks we will be exploring a range of sociolinguistic research methods and learn what these methods tell us about our individual sense of identity. You will also study their impact on social factors like gender, social class, and national affiliation. Plus, you will explore the real-world implications of language attitudes on our society as a whole.

By the end of the course, we will have explored:

  • The study of language attitudes
  • How do you measure attitudes?
  • What is the relationship between language and identity?
  • Why language attitudes matter

My name is Dr Sam Hellmuth and I will be one of your guides through this course along with my colleagues Dr Claire Childs, Dr Dom Watt and Dr Grace Cao so please follow us by clicking the links above… and then coming back!

As you progress through the following steps you will hear from us and a range of other contributors, as we explore the concepts and methods that sociolinguists use to understand how accents, attitudes and identity interact.

We look forward to learning with you over the next couple of weeks, and hope that you enjoy the course.

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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics: Accents, Attitudes and Identity

University of York

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