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Linguistics : The Language of Jane Austen and her Contemporaries

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Anita Auer
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.

Séminaire

Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 3.00, 4.00

Objectif

Upon completion of the course students should
- have a good understanding of the socio-historical processes in the Late Modern English period (on the British Isles and other English-speaking countries) that contribute to language variation and change;
- be able to analyse and interpret sets of linguistic and socio-historical data using sociolinguistic theory (and quantitative measures), with a particular focus on the effects of variables such as gender, social class, education, and region;
- have developed the ability to present their research results both orally and in written form;
- be well prepared for (linguistic) studies on an MA level.

Contenu

Jane Austen (1775-1817) lived and wrote at a time, i.e. the Late Modern English period (1700-1900), during which the written (and spoken) English language was codified in spelling books, grammars, and dictionaries. In this course we will be concerned with the precepts (rules) found in these normative works and compare them to the actual language usage of Jane Austen, as well as her contemporaries. We will view the historical data through a sociolinguistic lens and discuss language usage (in the form of electronic corpora) from different social layers, notably the elite, the middling sort and the labouring poor. We will also consider how the language of the time - and its use in the different social groups - is portrayed in historical TV dramas such as adaptations of Jane Austen's and Charles Dickens's works, as well as the Cornwall-based series Poldark.
As the Late Modern English period is also crucial for the development of English into a world language, we will also consider different emerging varieties of English, as well language use across the social spectrum, e.g. Early American English as written by the « white elite » as well as letters written by slaves.
All in all, this course will familiarise you with linguistic variation and change as well as codification of English grammar during the period 1700-1900, while also giving you the opportunity to work with primary sources, i.e. in the form of grammars, dictionaries and empirical data such as letters, diaries, etc.

Evaluation

Details regarding evaluation will be discussed in the first class of this course. The information will be provided on Moodle.

Bibliographie

The accompanying literature will consist of a range of articles on the various topics discussed during the course; the relevant information is available on moodle.

Exigences du cursus d'études

- Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL) - Development of the English Language (DEL) - Advanced level of B2 in English / C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Informations supplémentaires

http://www.unil.ch/angl/

UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits
Anglais, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique anglaise - BA-ANG-2-201050Optionnel4.00
A40-ANGL: Attestation 40 ECTS en anglais (2013 ->) - A40-ANGL ›› Linguistique et langue - A40-ANGL-2-30Optionnel3.00
NIV-ANG: Mise à niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Linguistique anglaise - NIV-ANG-2-201050Optionnel4.00
Programme à option "transitoire", 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique et langue - BA-OP-ANGL-TOptionnel3.00
Programme à options, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique et langue - BA-OP-ANGLOptionnel3.00
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