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Qualitative research methods in critical sociolinguistics

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà

Période de validité: 2020 -> 2020

Horaires du cours (Hebdomadaire)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
2020/2021 : Mercredi 12:30-14:00 (Hebdomadaire) Anthropole/4173 - Argand EN LIGNE   Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 5.00


Upon completion of the course, the students should:

1. formulate a research question in the paradigm of critical ethnographic sociolinguistics;
2. reflect upon the complexities and challenges involved in applying a range of qualitative research methods to the sociolinguistic study of language use online and offline;
3. prepare, conduct and transcribe semi-structured interviews in sociolinguistics;
4. analyse and interpret linguistic data taken from online and/or offline spaces in an appropriate, critical, curious and reflexive manner;
5. design in writing an ethnographic study to explore the role of language and discourse in the (re)production of social inequality;


This course introduces students to the paradigm of critical sociolinguistics, which explores the role of language in the reproduction of social inequalities by means of qualitative ethnographic methods. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge and some hands-on experience in a number of qualitative methods to do sociolinguistic research on online and offline spaces. These include discourse analysis, interviews, (n)ethnography and semiotic landscaping. Students will learn how to formulate research questions, design a study, collect and analyse data and reflect on research ethics.

N.B. This MA course will start on 7th October because the lecturer has been awarded a research grant extension in September 2020. As a result, there will be 3 double sessions as part of this course.


See course syllabus


All compulsory readings will be posted on Moodle. You do not need to buy a textbook. - Recommended textbooks: Blommaert, J. & Dong, J. (2010). Ethnographic fieldwork: A beginner's guide. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Boellstorff, T., Nardi, B., Pearce, C, and Taylor, T.L. (2012). Ethnography and virtual worlds: A handbook of method. Princeton University Press. Heller, M.; Pietikäinen, S. & Pujolar, J. (2017). Critical sociolinguistic research methods: Studying language issues that matter. New York and London: Routledge. Lupton, D. (editor) (2020). Doing fieldwork in a pandemic (crowd-sourced document). Available at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1clGjGABB2h2qbduTgfqribHmog9B6P0NvMgVuiHZCl8/edit?ts=5e88ae0a# Mason, J. (2002). Qualitative researching. London: Sage. Tusting, K. (2020). The Routledge handbook of linguistic ethnography. Oxon, New York: Routledge.

Informations supplémentaires


UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits
Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Discussion sur la base d'un dossier de recherche - MA-ANG-2020Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Dissertation sur la base d'un dossier de recherche - MA-ANG-2010Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Linguistique anglaise - MA-ANG-3030Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Programme de renforcement (2015 ->) ›› Linguistique anglaise - MA-RENF-ANGOptionnel5.00
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