Course Title : Sociolinguistics
Code Course
Credits ECTS
ELL 318-1 B 6 3 0 0 3.00 5
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language English
Course Level
Description This course aims to inform students of the theoretical, practical and methodological issues concerning Sociolinguistics, as well as the evolution of the answers to these issues in the continues debates in the area. In this course, we will explore the ways that language creates and reflects social identities. We will look at the contextual factors—social, cultural, geographical, political, etc.—that impact language use and variation. In essence, we will learn how language shapes our world, and how we shape language itself. Sociolinguistics is the descriptive study of the effect of any and all aspects of society, including cultural norms, expectations, and context, on the way language is used, and the effects of language use on society.
Objectives The main objective of this course is: 1. To offer students in depth knowledge of the relation between the language and the social life and the characteristics of these relations. 2. To investigate language variation and the interplay between language and social identities, using qualitative and quantitative methods 3.To expand students knowledge as sociolinguist’s aim is to move towards a theory which provides a motivated account of the way language is used in a community, and of the choices people make when they use language. 4. To help students understand that sociolinguistics is relevant in the process of teaching and learning a foreign language as a social adjustment factor.
Course Outline
1Sociolinguistics as a special discipline
2Language and communities
3Pidgins and Creoles
5Speech communities
6Language dialects and varieties
7Language networks and repertoires
8Midterm Exam
9Language and gender
10Language variations
11Solidarity and politeness
12Talk and action
14Words and culture
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work -
Computer Usage -
Other -
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Students should finish this course with an understanding of: the scope of sociolinguistics and its relationship to other linguistic subdisciplines and other academic fields
2 Traditional sociolinguistic theory and methods
3More recent theoretical constructs, in particular critical language studies, perceptual dialectology language ideology
4Students will be able to understand the relationship between language and social issues
5Students will be able to understand the influence of the social status in the language usage and vice-verse.
6Students will be able to critically think upon the language and culture transformation
7A variety of major case studies which underlie our understanding of how language functions in the community
8Field methods, data gathering, and analysis
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects110
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade40
Contribution of final examination to overall grade60
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14342
Assignments 100
Midterms 199
Final examination 11414
Other 2612
Total Work Load 125
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5

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