Linguistic Varieties and Cultural Difference



Zeit/Ort n.V.

  • Mo 8:15-9:45, Raum C 301 (außer vac) ICS
  • Mi 8:30-10:00, Raum C 301 (außer vac) ICS

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

The course will be taught in person. It will consist of two sessions per week (Mon, 8:15-9:45: Linguistics; Wed, 8:30-10:00: Literary/Cultural Studies). It will end with an oral exam including a short presentation. The Kombiseminar belongs to the following modules and degree programs:

  • BA English and American Studies (neu): Zwischenmodul I: Thematisches Kombiseminar

Requirements: Both| Basismodule II and III (i.e., Linguistics A and B) and in addition |either| Basismodule IV and V (Literature A and B) |or VI and VII (Culture A and B).
Please note that you also need to register for and complete "Presentation Skills" and "Speaking Skills" at the Language Centre (SZ) to pass the module. This will be checked before the oral exam takes place.


The linguistic part of this course provides an introduction to varieties of English, focussing on regional and social variation in the UK and the US. Topics include methods of dialectology, speech communities and social networks, language variation and gender, bi- and multilingualism, diglossia, code-switching, language change, attitudes to language variation, and language and power. The literary and cultural studies part provides an introduction to concepts and categories of (cultural) difference such as race, gender, sexuality and class. Constructions of difference will be analyzed in the realm of cultural production including literature, film, and popular culture.

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Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 20