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Linguistics: Language Attitudes

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Jennifer Thorburn

Période de validité: 2020 -> 2020

Horaires du cours (Hebdomadaire)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
2020/2021 : Jeudi 10:15-12:00 (Hebdomadaire) Anthropole/5157 EN LIGNE   Jennifer Thorburn


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 4.00


After successfully completing this course, student will be able to:

- understand and analyse the linguistic, social, economic, political, and historical factors that contribute to language attitudes
- critique the ideological nature of language and the relationship between language use and beliefs about language, prejudice, and discrimination
- engage critically with scholarly literature on attitudes to language
- deepen their understanding of sociolinguistic methodologies
- conduct their own research on attitudes to language
- discuss academic argumentation and research in an informal setting using visual aids (e.g. hand-out, PowerPoint slides, poster, whiteboard) where appropriate


This course introduces the key concepts and issues involved in the study of attitudes to languages and language varieties. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which beliefs about language are expressed in various types of discourse in the past and present and where these beliefs come from. We will also address the ideological nature of language and the relationship of language and stereotype, prejudice and discrimination. Finally, we will explore the main research methods used in the study of language attitudes, including questionnaires, matched- and verbal-guise experiments, societal treatment studies, and perceptual dialectology.


Information available on Moodle

BA exams and extended essays may be taken in connection with this class (see special requirements for BA exams)


Readings available on Moodle

Exigences du cursus d'études

Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL) Development of the English Language (DEL) Level B2 or above required in English (Common European framework of reference for languages)

Informations supplémentaires


UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits
Anglais, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique anglaise - BA-ANG-2-201050Optionnel4.00
A40-ANGL: Attestation 40 ECTS en anglais (2013 ->) - A40-ANGL ›› Linguistique et langue - A40-ANGL-2-30Optionnel4.00
NIV-ANG: Mise à niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Linguistique anglaise - NIV-ANG-2-201050Optionnel4.00
Programme à option "transitoire", 2ème partie (2013 -> 2020) ›› Linguistique et langue - BA-OP-ANGL-TOptionnel4.00
Programme à options, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique et langue - BA-OP-ANGLOptionnel4.00
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