Sociolinguistics is a broad field of studies that explores the relationship between language and society. A substantial portion of the field focuses on the fact that people speak differently depending on many sociological factors such as age, gender, social class, education, or geographical areas.

In this course, we will discuss how these differences can be studied and we will consider multiple types of quantitative and qualitative approaches, with a focus on the study of English and on variationist approaches. Furthermore, we will also discuss other aspects of the field, such as the study of language contact, multilingualism, attitudes, and politeness.