Objectives


Students will be introduced to the notion of identity as used in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. They will be trained to analyze current identity research in the fields and think critically about the process of scholarly inquiry. This course encourages students to connect between the existing interdisciplinary research and the local Hong Kong context. The fieldwork process engages students in active learning in and outside the classroom.

 

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Organisation


100% coursework

 

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Assessment


  • 20% In-class assignments
  • 30% Student-led discussions (students will take turn to be responsible for leading a class discussion on a theoretical aspect of identity studies)
  • 50% A group research project on language and identity in Hong Kong (including research proposal, class presentation, project website, and post-project learning reflection)

 Former students’ group project websites can be found here (scroll down to the bottom of the page):
https://sites.google.com/site/katherinehychen/teaching

 

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Texts


Course material will be available electronically via Moodle or in the library.

 

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Topics


The evolving views of identity in sociolinguistics and sociolinguistic theories on identity

Acts of identity and Accommodation Theory
Identity in linguistic anthropology I: Indexicality and stereotypes
Social psychology perspectives on identity
Identity in linguistic anthropology II: Style, differentiation, and agency
Language socialization
Gender theories and gender identities

 

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Last updated: 18 July 2017