Upon completion of the course students will
(a) be sensitized with respect to the mutual influence of language and society
(b) know the basic principles of contemporary sociolinguistic theories
(c) be able to collect and process empirical linguistic data
(d) have developed (to a greater extent) critical thinking
(e) be able to express themselves more adequately according to the requirements of the academic discourse genre
(f) be able to work collectively and cooperatively
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to examine the multifarious relations between language and society from the point of view of a variety of theories which reflect different sociolinguistic paradigms –though all reject the structuralist assumption about the homogeneity of language. Topics to be discussed include linguistic variation, societal multilingualism, linguistic inequalities, language contact and change, etc. In addition, methodological issues and problems are introduced in theory and in practice. The course also seeks to establish cooperation as a basic aspect of learning and scientific inquiry through assignments with a (relatively greater) ‘theoretical’ or ‘empirical’ orientation.
language-society, linguistic variation, societal multilingualism, linguistic inequalities, empirical methodology, Greek language
Additional bibliography for study
Αρχάκης, Α. και Κονδύλη, Μ. (2011). Εισαγωγή σε ζητήματα κοινωνιογλωσσολογίας. 3η έκδοση. Αθήνα: Νήσος.
Meyerhoff, M.  2011. Introducing Sociolinguistics. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge.
Trudgill, P. 2000. Sociolingustics: An Introduction to language and society (4th edn). London: Penguin.
Wardhaugh, R. 2011. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. 6th edition. Wiley-Blackwell.