Language, Culture and Variation


Course Objective

- knowledge of basic concepts of the field such as dialect continuum,
standard language, code switching, sociolect, idiolect, creole, jargon,
pidgin, linguistic repertoires, ethnolect, basolect, mesolect, acrolect;
- knowledge of the linguistic subtypes of variation: phonological,
morphological, syntactic, lexico-semantic and pragmatic variation;
- the capacity to accurately describe, analyse, and critically examine
language in its social setting;
- the ability to find and critically reflect on theoretical and
empirical studies in the relevant subfields and to apply these within
their own analysis of data;
- the ability to write in clear and coherent fashion on topics within
the relevant subfields of linguistics;
- insights in the ways in which academic knowledge of the relationships
between language, culture and variation can be applied to specific
domains of society (politics, education, language policy).

Course Content

Central to this module are topics, theories and research methodologies
in the subfields of linguistics which focus on the complex relationships
between language and society: sociolinguistics, dialectology and
anthropological linguistics. Student will engage with the many ways in
which language variation correlates with, and shapes, the social and
cultural dynamics of gender, age, class, nation-state formation,
migration and many other factors.

Teaching Methods

Reading and research using module reading list, lecture follow-up,
seminar preparation, and wider reading and research within and beyond
the module description. Two meetings per week (one lecture, one

Method of Assessment

written exam with essay questions.

Target Audience

2nd year students in Communication and Information Studies, tracks
and Communication Studies>.

General Information

Course Code L_AABACIW205
Credits 6 EC
Period P6
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. L.J. de Vries
Examiner prof. dr. L.J. de Vries
Teaching Staff prof. dr. L.J. de Vries

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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