What are the goals of sociolinguistics


The Sociolinguistics section deals with speaking and language (s) in social contexts. She is interested in the social and cultural frameworks that affect language; but it also examines the linguistic and symbolic dimensions of society. She is particularly interested in applied issues. Her key questions, which relate to language in society as well as society in language, include:


  • Linguistic variation of different classes, groups, genders
  • social worlds, social spaces, social arenas, social networks, social styles
  • Language and mobility
  • Evaluation, dominance, prestige
  • Language policy, 'language rights', education policy, school language policy (political linguistics)
  • Dialectology
  • Diversity and uniformity
  • Norm, normalization, normalization
  • Language change, language variation
  • Language and identity
  • Language criticism
  • Digital communication
  • Discourse analysis
  • 'Internet Linguistics'
  • Cultural linguistics
  • Methods / methodology of sociolinguistics
  • Learner language research

The diversity of thematic and methodological perspectives often leads to the boundaries of neighboring disciplines being exceeded, e.g. language teaching and learning research, contrastive linguistics or discourse analysis.

Thematic priorities can be set for individual annual meetings.