What affects the way we speak? What is the difference between a language and a dialect? And how is power related to language? In this module, we consider these and other questions and unpack the ways in which language shapes and is shaped by society. You will have a chance to look at how language works in different public and private contexts and in different multilingual and intercultural settings. Using real-world data, you will be introduced to a range of different theoretical concepts and methodological approaches to help you understand, describe and interpret language use in society. The module provides a foundation both for further study of Communication and for Sociolinguistics in Year 2.