Slovene language and society

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60
Type: P, S

Main Instructor

dr. Vojko Gorjanc, Full Professor

Course Description

Objectives and competence

  • Ability to understand and analyze text communication processes in a society as well as communication conventions.
  • Ability to understand the interdependence of text function and the social context of civilizations and cultures.
  • Ability to observe and describe the relationship between language and society.
  • Ability to observe, describe and evaluate texts in terms of their social function.
  • Ability to observe and describe linguistic multi-layering, as well as regional and social stratification of a given language.
  • Ability to transfer theoretical descriptions to translation practice.
  • Skills to use information and communication technology independently.
  • Skills in Slovene oral and written communication as well as discourse argumentation.

Content (Syllabus outline)

In terms of Slovene language and society, the following themes will be discussed:
Monolingual and multilingual communities: language selection, diglossia, code switching, and code mixing. Language maintenance: language competition, language loss and language death, language revival, understanding the concept of endangered languages. The number of languages and language speakers, world languages, language groups. Linguistic policy and planning. Literary and standard language, standardisation processes, myths on the literary language and the question of prestige of a language variant. Regional and social stratification of a language. Language and social gender, (im)politeness, stereotypes. Language change, reasons for change, following changes in language. Language and communication customs, reasons for change in communication customs, following changes in communication customs. Intercultural communication and pragmatics.
Students learn about intercultural communication in terms of the close interconnectedness of language and society; the selected themes that they encounter help them understand social and regional linguistic stratification, cultural stereotypes, communication customs, the issue of politeness, etc. The subject draws attention to sexism, racism, homophobia, and other marked elements in Slovene discourse from the viewpoint of the social majority and in relation to similar types of discourse in other languages.


  • A. Goddard, L. Meân Patterson, 2000: Language and Gender.London: Routledge.
  • R. A. Hudson, 1996: Sociolinguistics. Cambridge: CUP.
  • A. Vidovič Muha (ur.), 1996: Jezik in čas. Ljubljana: ZIFF, str. 15–76.
  • N. Šabec,1995: Haf pa pu. The Language of Slovene Americans. Ljubljana: ŠKUC (Studia Humanitatis), str. 39–50 in 65–184.
  • V. Požgaj Hadži, T. Balažic Bulc in V. Gorjanc (ur.), 2009: Med politiko in stvarnostjo. Ljubljana: ZZFF, str. 13–95.
  • M. Stabej, 2010: V družbi z jezikom. Ljubljana: Trojina, str. 64–126.
  • R. Kuhar, N. Kogovšek Šalamon, Ž. Humer in S. Maljevac, 2012: Obrazi homofobije. Ljubljana: Mirovni inštitut.

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Enrolment in the second year of the study of Interlingual Communication.


a) Presentation of a selected topic (PowerPoint with handouts); reading required texts, i.e., at least seven texts from the literature list (50 % of the final grade);

b) Final examination (50 % of the final grade).


Vojko Gorjanc