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Language Acquisition 5: Introduction to Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Stylistics



This course provides an introduction into the fields of sociolinguistics, second language acquisition and styl;istics. These academic fields of enquiry have been enjoying considerable interest with their focus on factors that affect language use, language acquisition and thinking about language. De course itself and its three component parts will be introduced by lectures from specialists. Course material is then discussed further in class, also taught by specialists. The emphasis is on insights in theory and practical exercises.

Teaching method

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.

Course objectives

Basic knowledge of theory and practice in sociolinguistics, second language acquisition and stylistics.

Required reading

  • Syllabus op Blackboard

  • Muriel Saville-Troike, Introducing Second Language Acquisition, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  • Ronald Carter and Walter Nash, Seeing Through Language: Guide to Styles of English Writing, Blackwell 1990.

  • J.K. Chambers, Sociolinguistic Theory: Linguistic Variation and Its Social Significance, Blackwell, 2002.

Test method

Written test (33%), presentations (33%), essay (33%).

Time table

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English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or by mail:


Students can register through U-twist before 15 July. After 15 July students can only register through the Departmental Office.


This course will make use of Blackboard.