Course title in Estonian
Keel ja ühiskond
Course title in English
Language and Society
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2018/2019 Spring semester
Anna Verschik (eesti keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
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.
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.
Written test and essay
Professor Anna Verschik