Sociolinguistics and pragmatics

Course Information
TitleΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΟΓΛΩΣΣΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΑΓΜΑΤΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Sociolinguistics and pragmatics
Title in ItalianSociolinguistica e pragmatica
SchoolItalian Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600000765

Programme of Study: UPS School of Italian Language and Literature 2013

Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Italian Language and LiteratureMandatory Elective Courses116

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • Spanish (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course: -Students will have acquired the necessary knowledge that will allow them to process basic sociolinguistic patterns, the factors that cause them as well as their social consequences. -They will be able to process the linguistic product in relation to the person that produces it and the conditions in which it is produced. -They will be able to analyze the explicit and implicit meanings of the utterances depending on the time, place, social status, role of the speakers, the objective of the interaction and the linguistic and extra-linguistic context in which they are uttered.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • 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)
The first part of the course deals with basic principles, issues and research concerning the relationship between society and language. Specifically, sociolinguistics focuses on the social dimension of language as it examines linguistic diversity in relation to the social, political and ideological phenomena. The relationship of sociolinguistics with other related disciplines is studied, as well as phenomena of linguistic diversity and their relationship with various social factors. Therefore, the course studies issues of language change and geographical diversification of languages; the relationship of language to nation, state and national groups; the social dimensions of class, gender and age, language varieties formed according to context and social interaction, phenomena resulting from the coexistence and contact of languages (bilingualism, social diglossia), etc. The second part of the course deals with the study of how in communication is transmitted more than what it is said. Pragmatics focuses on the analysis of what people really mean with their utterances despite what the words or expressions used in these utterances might mean themselves.
Sociolinguistics, speakers’ characteristics, linguistic variation, language contact, language and society, pragmatics, deixis, conversational implicature, cooperative principle
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
-Lecture presentations using PowerPoint files and web sources / programs. -Posting of teaching materials at the University’s e-learning platform (moodle environment). -Communication with students via e-mail and online forum.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment241.0
Written assigments80.3
Student Assessment
Participation in classroom discussions. Papers/exercises, mid-term exam (optional). WRITTEN final exam (the exam covers all the topics of the course). Students must answer closed-type exercises (on linguistic theory and application of linguistic analysis) and open-type questions on linguistic theory. Evaluation criteria for the exercises/ linguistic applications are as follows: 1. Accuracy 2. Correctness For the theoretical questions the evaluation criteria are the following: 1. Accuracy and clarity 2. Comprehensibility and avoidance of redundant information
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
-ΑΡΧΑΚΗΣ Αργύρης & Μαριάννα ΚΟΝΔΥΛΗ (2011), Εισαγωγή σε ζητήματα κοινωνιογλωσσολογίας. Αθήνα: Νήσος. -ΜΠΕΛΛΑ, Σπυριδούλα(2015), Πραγματολογία. Αθήνα: Gutenberg
Additional bibliography for study
-Διδακτικές Σημειώσεις από τη διδάσκουσα. -Αρχεία PowerPoint παραδόσεων μαθήματος από τη διδάσκουσα. -Eκτενής βιβλιογραφικός κατάλογος για επιπρόσθετη μελέτη.
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