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State of the Art III

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Course Name

State of the Art III: Varieties of English in Britain and Worldwide

University

Radboud

EC

5/10

Course date

semester 2 (2017 - 2018)

Registration open until

- 07/01/2018

Location

RU

Instructor(s)

Prof. Ans van Kemenade; Dr. Olaf Koeneman, (RU Nijmegen) and guest lecturers

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Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will have an overview picture of dialect variation in British English in its sociolinguistic setting, and of the role of language contact in varieties of English worldwide. They will have acquired the tools with which they can approach research questions (theoretical background, handling data, gathering data) and have some practice in applying these tools to a number of dialects/world varieties of English. They will thereby have developed their insight into the principles and methods of variation linguistics, and of the impact of language contact.

Course content

The course consists of two different but connected strands, which are preferably taken together but part 1 can be followed separately, for 5 ECTS.

Part 1        Dialect variation in Britain

The first block will give students an overview picture of dialect variation in British English in its sociolinguistic setting. We will also zoom in on specific research questions relating to syntactic dialect features. Students will acquire the tools with which they can approach the study of dialect features (theoretical background, corpus work, questionnaire construction) and have some practice in applying them to a number of British dialects.

Part 2        Varieties of English worldwide

The second block will focus on the role of language contact in varieties of English worldwide. Topics will include: the effects of language contact, such as morphological losses, grammaticalization, syntactic features of mixed languages, pragmatic effects of language contact. These will be applied to a number of varieties of English worldwide, including Tok Pisin, Ghanaian pidgin English, Gullah.

Assessment

Part 1 (for 5 EC): A research paper of ca. 2500 words (75%), weekly assignments and participation (25%)

Part 2 (for another 5 EC): A research paper of ca. 2500 words (75%), weekly assignments and participation (25%)

Study load

Total course load for the course: 5+5 EC = 140+140 hours
Hours spent attending seminars: 14+14 hours

Time for studying the compulsory literature: 86+86 hours
Final papers: 40+40 hours

Part 1

Britain, David. 2007. Language in the British Isles. Cambridge University Press.

 

Text excerpts provided by the instructors.

Part 2

Reader of articles prepared by the instructors.

Further information

Costs

The listed book for part 1 costs about Eur 30.

Course dates

Part 1: Fridays at 10.30

February 9, 16, 23

March 2, 9, 16, 23

 

Part 2, Fridays at 10.30

April 6, 13, 20

May 4, 18, 25

June 2

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