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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Introduction to sociolinguistics (of English) - AAA130196
Title: Introduction to sociolinguistics (of English)
Guaranteed by: Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology (21-UAJD)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2019 to 2019
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2 C [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / 15 (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Teacher(s): Eva Maria Luef, M.A., Ph.D.
Last update: Bc. Andrea Mudrová (13.01.2020)
Course description

Sociolinguistics is a discipline within the field of linguistics concerned with the systematic investigation of human language in relation to the social life of its speakers. This course is designed to offer introductory knowledge of basic sociolinguistic terms (e.g., accent, dialect, diglossia) and methodology (i.e., real-time, apparent-time experiments) used by researchers to investigate language in its social context. We will discuss several of the topics that sociolinguists traditionally study, including the relationships between social identity and language use, linguistic diversity, language variation and change, and language contact. We will also examine some of the methods for collecting and analyzing data. By the end of this course, students will have acquired the ability to understand aspects of sociolinguistic theory and data, based on knowledge of the scholarly research in the field.
Course completion requirements
Last update: Bc. Andrea Mudrová (13.01.2020)


All reading assignments, along with other class notes, will be provided on a class website (link TBA).

Each student gives an oral presentations that introduces and analyzes a famous sociolinguistic study to the class (list will be provided by instructor).


Last update: Bc. Andrea Mudrová (13.01.2020)

Bailey, G. (2004). Real and apparent time. In: J. K. Chambers, P. Trudgill & N. Schilling-Estes (Eds.), The handbook of language variation and change (pp. 312-332). Malden MA: Blackwell.


Chambers, J. K. (2004). Studying language variation: An information epistemology. In: J. K. Chambers, P. Trudgill & N. Schilling-Estes (Eds.), The handbook of language variation and change (pp. 3-14). Malden MA: Blackwell.


Crystal, D. (2003). English as a global language (2nd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Giles, H. & Ogay, T. (2007). Commmunication accommodation theory. In: B. B. Whaley & W. Samter (Eds.), Explaining communication: Contemporary theories and exemplars (pp. 293-310). Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Kerswill, P. (2012). Language variation 1 – Social factors: Class and ethnicity. In: D. Clayton (Ed.), Language (pp. 23-43). London: English and Media Centre.


Labov, W. (2010). Introductuion to cognitive and cultural factors in linguistic change. In W. Labov (Ed.), Principles of linguistic change: Cognitive and cultural factors (pp. 1-18). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


Pichler, H. Wagner Evans, S. & Hesson, A. (2018). Old-age language variation and change: Confronting variationist ageism. Lang. Linguist Compass, DOI:


Salzmann, Z. (2004). Language, culture, and society. Oxford, UK: Westview Press.


Sankoff, G. (2004). Linguistic outcomes of language contact. In: J. K. Chambers, P. Trudgill & N. Schilling-Estes (Eds.), The handbook of language variation and change (pp. 638-668). Malden MA: Blackwell.


Trudgill, P. (2000). Sociolinguistics: An introduction to language and society. London: Penguin Books.


Wardhaugh, R. (2006). An introduction to sociolinguistics. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


Yule, G. (2006). The study of language (3rd edition). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: Bc. Andrea Mudrová (13.01.2020)


-          Weekly reading assignments (texts will be provided)

-          15 min. presentation in class

-          Midterm exam

-          Final exam 

Last update: Bc. Andrea Mudrová (13.01.2020)





Required Readings

(book chapters with page indication, otherwise articles)



Introduction to sociolinguistics: What do sociolinguists study?

Yule, 2006: pp. 205-215



Languages, dialects, varieties

Salzmann, 2004: pp. 167-176

Wardhaugh, 2006: pp. 25-57



Language contact: The English situation

Sankoff, 2004: pp. 638-668



Language variation and change

Labov, 2010: pp. 1-18

Chambers, 2004: pp. 3-14



Language, identity, ethnicity, and social class

Kerswill, 2012

Trudgill, 2012: pp. 42-60



Language in relation to gender and age

Trudgill, 2012: pp. 61-80

Pichler, Wagner & Hesson, 2018



Language and social interaction: ‘Communicative Accommodation Theory‘

Giles & Ogay, 2007



Midterm exam



Methods in sociolinguistics

Bailey, 2004: pp. 312-332.



Student presentations: Analyzing famous studies in sociolinguistics


Students present


Student presentations: Analyzing famous studies in sociolinguistics


Students present


Multilingualism and code switching

Wardhaugh, 2006: pp. 88-118



Global Englishes/English as an international language from a sociolinguistic perspective

Crystal, 2003: 86-122



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