This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 122
  • Course: B.Tech
  • Semester: IV
  • Title: Language and society
  • Stream: Linguistics
  • .Sociology of language; Linguistic variation: language and dialect, regional and social varieties, register variation; Languages in contact: language contact, change, shift and death, pidgins, creoles, koine and mixed language, bi/multilingualism; Language in social context: social networks, speech communities, gender, style and social meaning; Language and ethnicity: language attitude, linguistic identity, language of culture and thought; Interaction: discourse analysis, politeness and power strategies; Sociolinguistic variables: phonetic, lexical and grammatical; Applied sociolinguistics: language policy and language planning, multilingualism and education.


    1. R. Wardhaugh. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 5 th Ed. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2005.

    2. P. Trudgill. Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society, 4 th Ed. Penguin Books, 2000


    1. C.B. Paulston and G.R. Tucker. Sociolinguistics: The Essential Readings. Blackwell Publishing. 2003

    2. R.A Hudson. Sociolinguistics. Cambridge University Press, 1996