KS Linguistic Varieties and Cultural Difference



Time and place

  • Mo 8:15-9:45, .ics
  • Mi 8:30-10:00, .ics

Das Kombiseminar gehört zu folgendem Modul:

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

Zulassungsvoraussetzung: bestandene GOP

Scheinerwerb: mündliche Prüfung


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.

Additional information

Expected participants: 20