Language and Society
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Keel ja ühiskond
Course title in English
Language and Society
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To enable a basic overview of relations between langauge and society, language variation, individual and societal multilingualism, contacts of Estonian language, multilingual communication, connections between language and identity and various views on identity
Brief description of the course
Aims of sociolinguistics. Language variation and change (syncrhonic, diachronic, territorial, individusal social etc). Standardization. Norm and periphery. Multilingual society. Bilingualism and diglossia. Societal and individual multilinugalism. Evolution of views on multilingualsim. Contacts of Estonian language. Relativity of „mother tongue“ concept. Emergence of new identities. Multiple identity. Linguistic repertoire Linguistic creativity. Styles and ethnolects.
Independent work
Learning outcomes in the course
Students know main concept of sociolinguistics and treatments of multilingualism; realize the complexity of links between language and identity, have a basic understanding of the emergence of new identities and multiple identities; have a general idea about contacts of Estonian language.
Assessment methods
Written test and essay
Dotsent Mari Uusküla