This module looks at
varieties of English in North America (USA and Canada), the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand and South
Africa), and the Caribbean. The
module covers the historical development of these varieties and discusses their
salient features. The focus is on phonological variation, although syntactic,
morphological and lexical features are also considered.
* 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 enable students to develop an informed view of the varieties of English that exist across the world
* To provide practice in linguistic analysis, phonetic transcription and elementary auditory training
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- to identify accents of the regions covered, and to describe the differences between them.
- 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.
- develop skills in linguistic analysis.
- Module Supervisor: Enam Al-Wer