Sociocultural Linguistics, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • 13500
    Tuition (Year)
    6580
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
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This programme looks at language from a sociocultural perspective. It's designed for anyone with an interest in the relationship between language, culture and society but also provides a solid understanding of English language and linguistics.
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About

The MA develops your understanding of historical and contemporary debates in (socio)linguistics and discourse analysis and enhances your analytic and linguistic skills by introducing different approaches to the analysis of written and spoken language use from a range of everyday and institutional contexts.

Topics covered include:
  • language and ideology
  • linguistic performances of identity (particularly language and gender, sexuality, ethnicity and social class)
  • language and the media
  • talk at work
  • English in a multilingual world
  • intercultural communication
  • multilingualism and code-switching
  • varieties of English

You're encouraged to engage with these topics by drawing on your own social, cultural and occupational backgrounds in class discussions and in your written work.

You're also encouraged to collect your own samples of written and spoken language use and learn to subject those to in-depth critical analysis.

This MA will draw on findings, theories and methodologies from: sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, spoken and written discourse analysis, ethnography, semiotics, feminist stylistics; multimodal analysis; interactional sociolinguistics, conversational analysis, membership categorisation analysis, performativity and narrative analysis.

The programme’s distinct interdisciplinary ethos is also reflected in your opportunity to choose from a selection of relevant option modules in other departments in Goldsmiths.

Programme Structure

  • Core Issues in English Language & Linguistics
  • Analysing Discourse & Identity in Spoken Interaction
  • English in a Multilingual World
  • Intercultural Discourse & Communication
  • Language & Ideology in Written Discourse
  • English as a Lingua Franca and Language Teaching

Detailed Programme Facts

    • Starting in

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      Dates reflect the university's timezone.

  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Part-time variant
    Flexible

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Academic Requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a humanities/ arts subject, but other qualifications of equivalent level are considered. If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13500 International
  • GBP 6580 National
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