English Linguistics: Varieties of English

lgerm2821  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

English Linguistics: Varieties of English
5 credits
15.0 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Language
English
Prerequisites
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Main themes
This course provides students with a solid background in the study of regional and diatypic varieties of English.
The first part of the course covers regional varieties of English. We will use Kachru's model which represents the use of English around the world as three concentric circles: inner circle (e.g. British or American English), outer circle (e.g. Indian or South African English) and expanding circle (English as a Foreign Language). The issues surrounding the emergence of a new standard for English (International English; English as a Lingua Franca) are also discussed.
The second part of the course deals with diatypic varieties of English (i.e. registers defined in terms of field, mode and tenor). The following varieties are analysed: general English vs English for Specific Purposes; written vs spoken English; formal vs informal English. A wide range of written texts and transcriptions of speech are provided for commentary and analysis. The salient stylistic features are described in linguistic terms (grammatical, lexical and discourse features typical of the genre).
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the key terms and concepts for studying variation related to both users and uses, and be able to identify and discuss the linguistic features that characterize several regional and diatypic varieties of English.
 
Content
This course introduces the key terms and concepts for studying geographical variation in English.
Teaching methods
Lectures and discussions based on scientific articles, exercises, etc.
Evaluation methods
During the term: oral presentation on a variety of English.
A WORD OF CAUTION: students who have not given an oral presentation will have two marks deducted from their final grade.
In June and/or September: extended individual paper on a variety of English.
Online resources
Moodle
Teaching materials
  • Notes de cours et Powerpoint sur Moodle
  • Portefeuille de lectures
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General