EKIA463 Language and Identity (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Every time we use language, we identify ourselves in some way—both through what we say and how we say it. On this course students will overview the relationship between language and identity, while discussing related themes of society, discourse and ideology.

Completion methods

Classes will consist of lectures, discussion and analytical exercises, with reading (and video) tasks as homework. The final three classes will consist of reading workshops in which students pursue and discuss their own language and identity interests, culminating in a final course paper.

Assessment details

Active participation in class (83% attendance), workshops and a final paper on a topic of the student’s choice.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to:

- understand the relationship between language and identity
- understand various approaches to language and identity research
- analyse ways in which identities are constructed in discourse
- understand the social origins and implications of the language/identity connection
- discuss and debate socially relevant issues within language and identity research

Description of prerequisites

None, although an introductory course on discourse analysis or sociolinguistics would be useful

Study materials

Compulsory reading material will be provided during the course. Useful background sources include Benwell, B. and Stokoe, E. (2006). Discourse and Identity. Edwards, J. (2009) Language and Identity: An Introduction.

Completion methods

Method 1

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