ELCB401 Социолингвистика


This course offers an introduction to the study of the relationship between language and society. It will cover topics such as: language variation according to class, ethnicity, and gender; language interaction and issues of identity and ideology; multilingualism, language policy and linguistic rights. Varieties according to style, genre and register are discussed as well. The course also presupposes collection and analysis of sociolinguistic data.

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Английски език и професионална комуникация (Съвместна програма с университета Йорк)


проф. Ирена Василева  д.н.

Описание на курса:


On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the social dimension of language and knowledge of the main levels of linguistic analysis.

2. Demonstrate familiarity with basic principles of sociolinguistic research methodology, and be able to critically appraise research in this area.

3. Engage critically in discussion and debate on sociolinguistic topics and make informed judgments on language issues.

4. Apply the knowledge acquired throughout the course to real world examples and to their own personal experiences as language users.

Предварителни изисквания:
The students should possess basic knowledge of general linguistics, semantics, discourse analysis.

Форми на провеждане:

Учебни форми:

Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. Overview of sociolinguistics. Introduction of the main topics and some of the key terminology used in sociolinguistics.
  2. Language, class and age.
  3. Language, ethnicity and place.
  4. Language and gender.
  5. Style, register and jargon - audience design.
  6. Language in conversation - solidarity and politeness.
  7. Language, identity and power - language attitudes and ideology.
  8. Multilingual speakers and multilingual societies.
  9. Language planning and education.
  10. Collection of sociolinguistic data – methods and ethical aspects.

Литература по темите:

Duranti, A. (Ed.) (2004). A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.

Duranti, A. (Ed.) (2009). Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader. Second Edition. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell.

Duranti, A. (1997). Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Giglioli, Paolo Pier (Ed.) (1972/1990). Language and Social Context. Penguin Books.

Halliday, M. A. K., (1979) Language as Social Semiotic: The social interpretaton of language and meaning. Edward Arnold (Publishers): London.

Hymes, Dell H., (1972). “Models of the Interaction of Language and Social Life”. In Directions in Sociolinguistics: The Ethnography of Communication, J.J. Gumpertz & Dell H. Hymes (eds.), New York, Holt Rinehart, and Winston Inc.

Romaine, S. (2000) Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (2ndEdition). Oxford University Press.

Santaemilia, J. and P. Bou (2008). Gender and Sexual Identities in Transition: Cross-cultural Perspectives. Cambridge Scholar Publishing.

Schiffrin, D. (1994). Approaches to Discourse. Blackwell Publishers.

Wardhaugh, R. (2006). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (6th Edition). Blackwell