Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Aspects of Historical and Regional Variation in English

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This unit will encourage students to contextualise and better understand aspects of historical and regional variation in English, noting key moments and patterns of change in the language, from its earliest beginnings to the present day.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
- Sensitise students to key changes in the historical development of the English language;
- Sensitise students to key characteristics of regional variaiton in the English language, particularly as it has developed in the British Isles.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discover how key events shaped the English language (for example, writing and early printing techniques);
- Identify some features of regional variation among the most dominant dialects of English.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Recognise texts written at different key stages in the history of the English language;
- Identify key characteristics of regional variation in English.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Barber, C., Beal, J. & Shaw, P. (2012). The English language. CUP.
- Hughes, A., Trudgill, P. & Watt, (2012). English accents and dialects. Routledge.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Lydia Sciriha

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