On the basis of their solid knowledge in linguistics and the ability to perform academic work, the study program focuses on students’ advanced skills relating to research into the development, and usage, as well as the subjective and intersubjective perception of one of the languages (and its varieties) offered in the program.
The following topics are the focus of the programs:
- Sociolinguistic variation: characteristics, functions and status of varieties
- Language, discourse and interaction as a factor in the construction of identities and cultures
- Development and application of linguistic competences in both monolingual and multilingual contexts
- Language as a cohesive factor in societies and nations
- Language planning and language policy
- Language norms and evaluation
- Language and social inequality
- Language contact and language change
- Language and gender
- Past and present languages in Europe
- Sociolinguistic methods
- Sociolinguistics in the media
- Psycholinguistic aspects of variation
Students are expected to acquire the skills to critically reflect on the current state of research and complete smaller research projects.