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Linguistics: Language and the City

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Anita Auer

Période de validité: 2020 -> 2020

Horaires du cours (Hebdomadaire)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
2020/2021 : Mardi 08:30-10:00 (Hebdomadaire) Anthropole/5157 EN LIGNE   Anita Auer


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 4.00


Upon completion of the course students should
- have acquired a good understanding of language use (and its different perspectives) in the urban context and what this contributes to the study of language variation and change;
- be able to compile/collect (diachronic) datasets and use them appropriately in order to shed light on language use in the urban context, i.e. analyse/interpret data, formulate hypotheses and test them, decide between competing argumentations.
- be able to analyse and interpret sets of linguistic data using sociolinguistic theory (and quantitative measures), with a particular focus on the effects of variables such as gender, social class, education, and ethnicity;
- have developed the ability to present their research results both orally and in written form;
- be well prepared for (linguistic) studies on an MA level.


This course focuses on language variation and change in the urban context, i.e. a research field known as urban dialectology. The increasing national and transnational mobility, which leads to encounters between many different dialects and languages in an urban setting, results in new linguistic practices. First, we will focus on dialect and language mixing in selected contemporary global cities, e.g. New York and London. We will consider criteria such as social class, stylistic differentiation, social networks and communities of practice as well as recent linguistic approaches to multilingualism like translanguaging. Second, we will take a closer look at the development of selected cities in the past, particularly with respect to mobility and linguistic diversity amongst the population. In other words, we will apply the existing theoretical frameworks and methods to diachronic data and critically assess the application.


a) Sociolinguistic toolkit assignment (30%)
b) Individual research essay on a topic related to language and the city (70%; c. 3000 words +/- 10%)


The course reading consists of a range of seminal articles on the topic. Details will be discussed during the first class of the course.

Exigences du cursus d'études

- BA-ANG-1-1040 - Introduction to the English Language and Linguistics (IELL) - BA-ANG-1-1010 - English Composition - BA-ANG-2-1050 - Development of English AND a Linguistics Seminar

Informations supplémentaires


UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits
Anglais, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique anglaise - BA-ANG-2-201050Optionnel4.00
A40-ANGL: Attestation 40 ECTS en anglais (2013 ->) - A40-ANGL ›› Linguistique et langue - A40-ANGL-2-30Optionnel4.00
NIV-ANG: Mise à niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Linguistique anglaise - NIV-ANG-2-201050Optionnel4.00
Programme à option "transitoire", 2ème partie (2013 -> 2020) ›› Linguistique et langue - BA-OP-ANGL-TOptionnel4.00
Programme à options, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique et langue - BA-OP-ANGLOptionnel4.00
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