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Sociolinguistics and dialectology of Brazilian Portuguese


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This course serves as an introduction to the study of how the Portuguese language is used in society, including the study of language variation in general and in particular varieties of Brazilian Portuguese. Particular attention will be paid to how the field of sociolinguistics emerged and its contributions to the larger field of linguistics. In addition, the course will look at the study of dialects, or dialectology (i.e., geographic linguistic variation)

Course objectives

  • Students will be able to discuss the principal contributions of the field of sociolinguistics, including quantitative sociolinguistics (i.e., variationist studies), to the larger field of linguistics.

  • Students will be able to describe characteristics of various dialects of Brazilian Portuguese.

  • Students will be able to carry out basic linguistic research in the field of sociolinguistics.

  • Students will be able to apply the main concepts studied in class to carry out basic linguistic analyses in Portuguese.



Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • Total load for the course (5 EC =140 hours) is the following:

  • 28 hours = Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars

  • 24 hours = Hours spent preparing and taking tests

  • 88 hours = reading and preparation for lectures; completing assignments

Assessment method

Final Exam = 40%
Weekly reflections on the readings = 20%
Final Research Paper = 30%
Final Oral Presentation = 10%

The written examination may include closed questions (for example multiple choice), open ended questions and short essay questions.

1) the final grade for the course will be established by determining the weighted average.
2) Only students with less than a 6 will be allowed to take the resit (for the relevant component)


Blackboard will be used for course announcements and some course materials, as well as for some group work.

Reading list

Bortoni-Ricardo, S. M. (2014). Manual de sociolinguística. São Paulo: Editora Contexto.

Outros Textos
Azevedo, M. M. (2005). Portuguese: A linguistic introduction. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Bagno, M. (2003). A norma culta: Língua e poder na sociedade brasileira. São Paulo: Parábola Editorial.
Ilari, R. & Basso, R. (2006). O português da gente: A língua que estudamos, a língua que falamos. São Paulo: Editora Contexto.
Mollica, M. C. & Braga, M. L. (2004). Introdução à sociolinguística: O tratamento da variação. São Paulo: Editora Contexto.


uSis### Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr. M. Child


The choice of textbooks used may be changed in case of difficulty in finding/purchasing the above-mentioned texts. Please contact the instructor before purchasing any materials.

Minimum 70% attendance required. When failing to attend the minimum required, students must complete an extra assignment in order to sit for final exams.