English in the British Isles
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
19 October 2020
Requisites for this module
LG210 or LG218
BA QV3C English Language and History (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ13 English Language and Linguistics,
BA QQ15 English Language and Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA QQ16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ3D English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQA15 English Language and Lingistics (Including Placement Year),
MLINQA16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQQ14 English Language and Linguistics,
BA QB36 English Language and Language Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA QQ3C English Language and Language Development,
BA QQ3F English Language and Language Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L390 English Language and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LQ31 English Language and Sociology
The module looks at the history and development of the English Language, and variation in English as it is spoken in England. The focus is on phonological variation, although salient syntactic, morphological and lexical features are also covered, illustrating with recordings wherever possible
• To introduce students to the salient features of the major accents and dialects of English, including historical varieties of the language and the ways in which these varieties evolved
• To enable students to develop an informed view of the status of non-standard varieties of English
• To provide practice in linguistic analysis, phonetic transcription and elementary auditory training.
By the end of this module, you should have...
• An appreciation of why and how the English language changed over time.
• A comprehensive understanding of historical and sociolinguistic influences on language change.
• Gained insight into aspects of phonological and morphological variation.
• Gained a comprehensive understanding of concepts such as dialect and accent.
• Improved your transferable skills in auditory perception and phonetic transcription.
2-hour weekly lecture
The lecture provides a general overview of the topic for the week, illustrated by recorded material where appropriate. Additional activities include the following:
* analysing historical texts
* listening to recordings and analysing them
* practice in phonetic transcription
* discussion of questions arising from the lecture
* discussion of readings
* question period
- Hogg, Richard M. (c2002) An introduction to Old English, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Barber, Charles Laurence. (1993) The English language: a historical introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Lass, Roger. (1987) The shape of English: structure and history, London: Dent.
- Crystal, David. (2004) The stories of English, London: Allen Lane.
- Britain, David. (2007) Language in the British Isles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Milroy, James; Milroy, Lesley. (1993) Real English: the grammar of English dialects in the British Isles, London: Longman. vol. Real language series
- Horobin, Simon. (2013) Chaucer's language, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Wells, J. C. (1982) Accents of English, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Foulkes, Paul; Docherty, Gerard J. (1999) Urban voices: accent studies in the British Isles, London: Arnold.
- Graddol, David; Open University. (2007) Changing English, London: Routledge. vol. English language
- Fennell, Barbara A. (2001) A history of English: a sociolinguistic approach, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. vol. Blackwell textbooks in linguistics
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Enam Al-Wer, email: email@example.com.
Professor Enam Al-Wer
Professor Enam Al-Wer, 4.202b, 872240, firstname.lastname@example.org
No external examiner information available for this module.
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