Course Information
Title in GermanSoziolinguistik
SchoolGerman Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600018097

Programme of Study: Language and Culture in the German-speaking Area (2012-today)

Registered students: 13
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Linguistics-TeachingElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter/Spring-9

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
The course introduces students to basic concepts and issues concerning the study of lan-guage as a social phenomenon, focusing on the role of language in constructing social iden-tities. In particular, the concept and dimensions of linguistic variation (space as horizontal and vertical differentiation, situational context, language contact, worldview) are presented, which are related to the role of language as a symbol of social identity. The main theoreti-cal perspectives in the study of social identities are discussed, giving emphasis on the transi-tion from an essentialist to a constructionist approach. The social factors of social class, gender, age and ethnicity/ nationality (with a focus on the constructions of Germanness/ of the national ‘other’ in Greek society and on the ethnocultural stereotypes associated with these constructions) are analyzed as basic components of a person's identity. The above the-oretical concepts are applied to a wide range of texts from popular culture (advertisements, films, TV series) which represent through language (but also visually) different versions of social identities.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: • understand the basic concepts related to the social function of linguistic phenomena • perceive the active role of language in the construction of social identities • distinguish the symbolic values invested to language and the social inequalities with which specific uses of language are linked • use the sociolinguistic research methodologies to determine the social parameters with which the use of language is related in a given context
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
• Delimitation of sociolinguistics and challenge of linguistic autonomy and homogenei-ty • Dimensions of linguistic variation • Language and identity: Essentialist and constructionist approaches • Language and social class identities (applications to texts of popular culture) • Language and gender identities (applications to texts of popular culture) • Language and age identities (applications to texts of popular culture) • Language and ethnic/ national identities: the national ‘other’ and the case of Ger-manness in Greek society (applications to texts of popular culture)
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of Information and Communication Technologies in teaching the course: Projector Using ICT in communicating with students: Using email and elearning
Course Organization
Laboratory Work251
Reading Assigment502
Written assigments1004
Student Assessment
Written assignments Oral presentation
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Αρχάκης, Α. & Τσάκωνα, Β. 2011. Ταυτότητες, Αφηγήσεις και Γλωσσική Εκπαίδευση. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη. Boutet, J. (1984). Εισαγωγή στην Κοινωνιογλωσσολογία (μτφ. A. Ιορδανίδου & Ε. Τσαμαδού). Αθήνα: Γρηγόρη. Γεωργαλίδου, Μ. Σηφιανού, M. & Β. Τσάκωνα (επίμ.) Ανάλυση Λόγου. Θεωρία και Εφαρμογές. Αθήνα: Νήσος. Holmes, J. (2016[1992]). Εισαγωγή στην Κοινωνιογλωσσολογία. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη. Κωστούλα-Μακράκη, N. (2001). Γλώσσα και Κοινωνία: Βασικές έννοιες. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο. Μικρός, Γ.Κ. (2008). Η Ποσοτική Ανάλυση της Κοινωνιογλωσσολογικής Ποικιλίας. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο. Μπασλής, Γ.Ν. (2000). Κοινωνιογλωσσολογία: Αθήνα: Γρηγόρη. Ντάλτας, Π. (1997). Κοινωνιογλωσσική Μεταβλητότητα: Θεωρητικά Υποδείγματα και Μεθοδολογία της Έρευνας. Αθήνα: Επικαιρότητα. Παυλίδου, Θ.-Σ. (2006) (επιμ.). Γλώσσα, Γένος, Φύλο (2η έκδοση). Θεσσαλονίκη: Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών-Ίδρυμα Μανόλη Τριανταφυλλίδη.
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