School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: W/S-066 Semester: 6th
Course Title: Sociolinguistics
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Special background – undergraduate seminar
Prerequisite courses: Introduction to Linguistics
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
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    Learning outcomes: This course aims at familiarizing social science students with basic principles and tools of sociolinguistics. This knowledge forwards an understanding of language as a complex social phenomenon, while the skills acquired allow them to analyze relevant linguistic phenomena in a systematic fashion. The course is divided in the following five thematic units, for each one of which two or more students are expected to work in groups:
    1. Relational sociolinguistics
    2. Social networks
    3. Language and gender
    4. Language and sexuality
    5. Linguistic Landscape – Case study: The LL of Mytilene

    General Competences: 
    • Understanding the peculiarities of the linguistic phenomenon in social settings
    • Individual work
    • Team-work

    (3) SYLLABUS

    This course introduces students in the social sciences to sociolinguistics, the subfield of linguistics which examines the intricate relation of language and society. The first, introductory part of this course is devoted to general principles and notions of sociolinguistics such as linguistic variation and its various dimensions. The main part of the course is devoted to an examination of early relational sociolinguistics, social networks, the various stages of sociolinguistic research on language and gender, the relationship among language, gender, and sexuality with emphasis on Greece and the Balkans, and linguistic landscapes.

    Moreover, each time the course is taught, there is a special focus topic, e.g.:
    • Language and social deixis
    • Language, gender and sexuality
    • Language, ethnicity and nationalism
    • Language and public space
    • Sociolinguist approach to BCMS (Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian)


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of educational materials available online through the eclass platform
    Student have access on EClass.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 35
    Presentations 20
    Written assignments 50
    Quizzes 15
    Final essay 30
    Course total: 150
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek
    Method of evaluation: Oral presentations, biweekly written assignments, quizzes, written final essay


    Suggested bibliography:

    • Holmes, J. 2017. Εισαγωγή στην κοινωνιογλωσσολογία. Μτφρ. Σ. Λαμπροπούλου. Αθήνα: Πατάκης.
    • Αρχάκης, Α. & Μ. Κονδύλη. 2002. Εισαγωγή σε ζητήματα κοινωνιογλωσσολογίας. Αθήνα: Νήσος.
    • Κωστούλα-Μακράκη, Ν. 2002. Γλώσσα και κοινωνία: Βασικές έννοιες. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο.
    • Γεωργαλίδου, Μ., Σηφιανού, Μ. & Β. Τσάκωνα (επιμ). 2014. Ανάλυση λόγου: Θεωρία και εφαρμογές. Αθήνα: Νήσος.
    • Μπασλής, Γ. 2000. Κοινωνιογλωσσολογία: Μικρή εισαγωγή. Αθήνα: Γρηγόρης.