The Language and Society course investigates language in its social setting. This includes the following broad themes, among others: the relationship between language and culture, language variation and change, convergence and divergence of dialects, societal and individual multilingualism, language planning and policies, linguistic diversity and language endangerment, language shift and loss, computer-mediated communication, discourse analysis, pragmalinguistics, intercultural communication, lexical semantics, corpus linguistics for sociolinguists, and others.
The idea behind the course is that within these broad themes, special sessions are dedicated every year to more specialized and focused topics that are capturing scholars’ attention at the current moment, such as youth language, home language policy, language shift, minority language policies, models of language revitalization, language variation, innovation and change, dialect change, fieldwork and research methodology, metaphor or phraseology, etc. Sessions can also be organized around a discussion of a new research monograph important for the advancement of the field.
The final aim is to discuss and improve on the possible hypotheses, models or theories related to the explanation of the interaction between language processes and social variables as well as provide a context for internationalization of existing research themes and establishing and meeting with European and overseas research networks.
We offer ECTS credits. The students have to attend the course, chose a topic and a professor particiapating in the course to write a paper on the chosen topic.