Course: Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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Course title Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Course code KAJ/4148
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course unspecified
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Haase Christoph, Dr. Ph.D., M.A.
Course content
Topics: 1. Introduction; overview; the anthropological roots; 2. Classic approaches to the study of language in society; 3. Language and social groups; 4. Language and gender. 5. Language and power 6. English in GB: Dialects and accents; 7. English world-wide; 8. The Englishes in academia; 9. Pidgin and Creole languages; 10. Questionnaire design & field research methods; Varieties in language corpora; Statistical instruments for sociolinguistics; Quantitative data evaluation.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course will introduce the main topics of the complex interrelations between language and society. After a brief review of the classic approaches in sociolinguistics within the Labovian paradigm (after William Labov), we will focus on recent developments in fields of study like: language and power, language and gender or language and age. The second part of the course will introduce methodological issues on the example of varieties of English - issues like principles of data collection, questionnaire design and descriptive statistics.
The student knows basic terminology in linguistics.
The student knows basic terminology in the field.

Assessment methods and criteria
The student is able to discuss current sociolinguistic issues of the field.
Recommended literature
  • Downes, W. Language and society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Holmes, J. An introduction to sociolinguistics. Harlow: Longman, 2007.
  • Romaine, S. Language and society. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Wardhaugh, R. An introduction to sociolinguistics. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2006.

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