Venues: Kaunas, Mainz, Stockholm and Tartu
Period: Fall 2013 - Spring 2015
Application deadline: June 30, 2013
The program familiarizes students with the general key theories and methods of sociolinguistics (traditional, variationist sociolinguistics, constructivist sociolinguistics, language variation, the dialogic relationship of language use and societal patterns), as well as offers a new and wider perspective and understanding of multilingualism as the parallel use of national, minority and migrant languages alongside one or more international vehicular language(s). The program is meant for students who are interested in the role of
language and languages in society.
Among the existing MA programs in sociolinguistics this program is unique in regard to:
its language focus (students acquire competences in two international vehicular languages as well as at least two lesser-used and taught languages);
its geographical focus on the entire Nordic and Baltic-Sea region (there is no linguistic MA program which would cover such a wide range of languages spoken around the Baltic-Sea);
its focus on multilingualism in a wide sense (rather than on language policy and planning issues concerning just one European minority population or country);
its in-built mobility (studying abroad is compulsory and equally long study periods in three universities in three different countries are required).
http://www.pecob. eu/MA-Sociolingu istics-Multiling ualism