Sociolinguistics


Podcasts and other audio files

  • Language, Dialect and Accent

(Andrea Schäfers & Rolf Glaßner, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
This ELLO Podcast of the University of Osnabrueck (Germany) deals with the different sociolinguistic concepts of language, dialect and accent. In everyday conversation we often use these terms interchangeably. But what distinguishes a language from a dialect? When does dialect end and language start? This podcast offers an insight into this complex issue.


  • Language Prejudice

(Claudia Kömmelt & Mona Matzke, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
This podcast deals with prejudices in language and how they influence our speech. You will learn about interesting studies by sociolinguists and we will explain the most important key terms and phenomenons that you need to know.


  • Politeness in Intercultural Communication

(Mark Außendorf & Johannes Schumann, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
Our podcast is mainly about the definition of the two constituents "Politeness" and "Intercultural Communication". It also offers a closer look at the Japanese culture and tries to explain the importance of "intercultural Communication".

[6:03m]


  • Code Switching and Code Mixing

(Lena Jesper, Katrin Wolters & Stefanie Hundehege, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
In this podcast we will briefly define CS and borrowing and then give a lot of examples why and when it occurs in conversation.


  • Language and Cultural Identity

(Ann Jeanine Braband, Jonas Schnieders & Peter-Lars Wenzel, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
In this podcast we will examine the relationship between language and cultural identity. What is culture? Does language make us who we are? Can language create insiders and outsiders? And does language make people nationalist? We will try to answer these questions on this program.

[15:29m]


  • Do Women Really Talk More Than Men?

(Sarah Bartholomäus & Julia Schrader, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
In our podcast, we will clarify the myth of female chattiness by examining the purpose of talk in different contexts and to what extent women and men are concerned with fulfilling certain purposes of talk in different social contexts and situations. With the help of various studies, we will point out on what factors the amount of talk used by women and men depends and if the question if women really do talk more than men can be answered with a straight yes or no.


  • Man-made Language?

(Marina Poggenpohl & Martin Driftmeyer, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
This podcast gives examples for the claim that the English language can be considered as man-made. Furthermore, it refers to instances of gender specific language use.


  • Pidgin and Creole Languages

(Chloe Jollivet and Tessa Princé, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)


  • Vernacular in Modernity (1): The Vernacular

(Meike Pentrel, Leonie Demmer and Michelle Kleine, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
This podcast deals with topics like dialects, standard and non-standard forms and the vernacular.

[21:17m]


  • Vernacular in Modernity (2): African American Vernacular English

(Meike Pentrel, Leonie Demmer and Michelle Kleine, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
This podcast deals with a special variety of English: African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Do you want to know what these four letters stand for? Do you sometimes have the feeling of being a speaker of AAVE yourself but you are not completely sure? Listen to our podcast! Find out about the different possible origins of AAVE which scholars debate and check your language features against those of AAVE: Are you a speaker of AAVE? .


  • Vernacular in Modernity (3): Dialects in Huckleberry Finn?

(Meike Pentrel, Leonie Demmer and Michelle Kleine, Universität Osnabrück, WS 07/08)
Linguistics meets literature. In the podcast we have a close look at one of America’s most important writers, Mark Twain and his book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Twain says he used several dialects in this book – but did he? What dialects did he use? Did he use a vernacular? Does Jim speak AAVE? Why did Twain write this way? We examine these and other questions and ask ourselves whether Huck speaks AAVE?.

[15:59m]


  • Language and Thought

(Éva Visky and Yaël Brunnert, Universität Osnabrück, SS 2008)
Our podcast deals with the complex topic of language and thought. We tried to give an insight into this topic presenting several theories and examples. There is nice music between various parts of the podcast  Hope you like it!

[20:35m]


  • Taboo Words

(Lavinia Nicoară and Stephan Hackmann, Universität Osnabrück, SS 2008)
The topic of our Podcast is “Taboo Words” and in presenting this subject we mostly refer to the way these words are regarded and used in society.

[15:27m]


  • Men’s and Women’s Language

(Sandra, Katia, Julia, Universität Osnabrück, SS 2008)
The podcast is about the differences of men’s and women’s language. We talk about the historical and social background of men’s and women’s language in order to explain why there might be some differences in the two language sty1es. Furthermore, we will present some theories which point out that the reasons for the differences in communication could be the different education of boys and girls. In the end, we focus on the linguistic differences which exist today and conclude our presentation by criticizing the stereotypical differences we have presented.

[11:32m]


  • Podcast

(Jens and Pavel, Universität Osnabrück, SS 2008)
This Podcast deals with Politeness in more or less anonymous communication on the Internet. Our hypothesis states, that Politeness decreases with increasing anonymity. We have collected a few samples in order make an attempt at showing that our hypothesis is worth looking into.


  • Gender and Linguistics

(Melvin Haack with Jill Bahadir, TU BS, SS 08)
Here we go with another kick-ass episode of "60 seconds of linguistics". Admittedly, this one's a bit longer (12 minutes) --- but it's surely worth it. Women vs. men: deficit, dominance or difference? Are we different after all? Listen and think!


  • CLIL - Content and Language Integrated Learning

(Jan P. Baum, Universität Osnabrück, SS 2008)
This podcast gives a short overview of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). You will get basic information about CLIL and we will see how history is taught in English. On top of that, experts comment on the concept.