Course: Sociolinguistics

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Course title Sociolinguistics
Course code KAJ/4632
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Haase Christoph, Dr. Ph.D., M.A.
Course content
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. The course is conected with e-learning material available online at

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 0 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject introduces the complexity of relations between language and the society. It introduces clssic as well as Labovian attitudes. Other fields studied are to be language and power, language and age, language and gender.
The students show their ability to use basic terminology, is aware of attitudes in the discipline, can collect data and create a questionnaire.
The student understands basic linguistics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Reading basic sociolinguistic literature and discussion in class.
Recommended literature
  • Downes, W. Language and society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Holmes, J. An introduction to sociolinguistics. Harlow: Longman, 2007.
  • Romaine, S. Language in society: An introduction to sociolinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Wardhaugh, R. An introduction to sociolinguistics. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2006.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teaching English Language and Literature for Primary Schools (A14) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter