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The Social Nature of Language

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This course provides an in-depth examination of the dynamic interplay between language, culture, and society, offering students a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of language use. Through a combination of theoretical frameworks and empirical studies, students will delve into key concepts such as linguistic variation, language attitudes, dialectology, multilingualism, and language change. The course will also explore the intersectionality of language with other social categories, including gender, ethnicity, class, and identity. Throughout the course, students will engage in critical analysis of sociolinguistic phenomena, participate in discussions on contemporary issues, and conduct small-scale research projects. By the end of the course, students will have developed a solid foundation in sociolinguistic theories and methodologies, enabling them to understand and analyze the intricate relationship between language and society.

In the summer semester 2024 this course will be taught online using the platform Teams. Please make sure that you have a university Teams account to participate. Students can either attend the course online from room P111 - which will be reserved during course time - or join from home.