LG653-7-SP-CO:
Varieties of English

The details
2020/21
Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
15
02 June 2020

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

MRESQ14512 Analysing Language Use,
MA Q16012 English Language and Linguistics,
MA Q14012 Language in Society

Module description

The module looks at a wide range of variation in the English Language as it is spoken in the UK, North America and the Southern Hemisphere, and discusses associated historical and sociolinguistic issues. The focus is on phonological variation, although salient syntactic, morphological and lexical features are also covered, illustrating with recordings wherever possible

Module aims

• To familiarise students with the concept of diachronic variation in the English language in its historical and sociolinguistic context
• To familiarise students with varieties of English spoken in different parts of the world
• To introduce students to phonological, syntactic, morphological and lexical features of these varieties
• To compare and contrast the different varieties of English in focus and to shed light on their origins
• To provide practice in linguistic analysis, phonetic transcription and elementary auditory training

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able ...
• to identify most regional accents of English and to describe the differences between them.
• to make an intelligent and well-informed contribution to controversies concerning standard vs non-standard English (e.g. in education, broadcasting, etc.).
• to read research papers on variation in English and understand them within a broader perspective.
• to conduct original research of your own into variation in English.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is taught as a 2-hour lecture/seminar

Bibliography*

  • Wells, J. C.; Cambridge Books Online. (1982) Accents of English: beyond the British Isles, Volume 3, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Walt Wolfram; Natalie Schilling-Estes. (2016) American English: dialects and variation, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. vol. 25
  • Peter Trudgill; Jean Hannah. (2017) International English: a guide to varieties of English around the world, New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Schneider, Edgar W. (2010) English around the world: an introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Graddol, David; Open University. (2007) Changing English, London: Routledge. vol. English language

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

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Assignment     100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Enam Al-Wer, email: enama@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Enam Al-Wer
Professor Enam Al-Wer, 4.202b, ex. 2240, enama@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr Maciej Baranowski
University of Manchester
Senior Lecturer in English Sociolinguistics
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Linguistics

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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