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Module

SEL3094 : Accents of English

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Hannah Leach
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module explores the phonetic, phonological and sociolinguistic features of accents of English. We'll be looking at the particular sounds which differentiate varieties of English, and how to identify linguistic and social factors which may play a role in shaping this variation. Each week, we'll focus on a different aspect of English accents, including particular sounds, phonological processes, and aspects of accent spoken in particular geographical areas. We'll be using quantitative methods to look at variation in particular accents, as well as more advanced phonetic tools available in linguistics.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Introduction to Accents of English: phonological and socio-historical overview
- Vowels: lexical sets, monophthongs, diphthongs, shifts, splits and mergers
- Consonantal variation (including t-glottalling, th-fronting, h-dropping)
- Language change across the lifespan
- Multiethnolects in the UK
- The North/South divide and boundaries and borders in the UK
- Linguistic discrimination
- Articulatory and acoustic phonetics
- Quantitative methods of analysis and map-making
- How to run a research project

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable