Students are expected
- To be able, when they will be professional writers, to interpret the news in appropriate political and social contexts
- To have the ability to express well documented opinions on controversial issues such as nationalism, racism, sexism, etc.
- To become aware of linguistic errors both in spoken and the written language
- To make effective stylistic choices between high linguistic variety (once represented by Katharevousa) and low linguistic variety (once represented by Dhemotiki)
- To have a clear position toward loanwords and neologisms
Course Content (Syllabus)
ΔΗ2400 Language and Society
The course applies sociolinguistic approaches to media language. The relationships between language, society and (mass) communication are examined to illustrate how media discourses represent social phenomena (ideologies, practices, attitudes, personal and group identities etc) and in what ways they influence media writing. Topics included are: language and (traditional or new) media, language and the Internet, language and politics, language and ethnicity, language and youth, language and gender, language and class, language and identity. Moreover, special attention is given to Modern Greek diglossia (Katharevousa vs. Dhemotiki), since stylistic variation in the media over the last four decades -at least- can be partly interpreted in the light of the attitudes adopted by journalists and experts towards the ‘high’ and ‘low variety’, the standard (and official) language and the everyday language, which embodies many dialect elements.
political discourse, internet, youth language, linguistic sexism, racism, nationalism, identities, linguistic error, diglossia, lownwords, neologisms