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Linguistics : World Englishes

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Jennifer Thorburn
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


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

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


After successfully completing this course, student will be able to:
- understand the linguistic, social, and historical factors contributing to the development of varieties of English around the world
- describe aspects of the phonology and grammar of varieties of English
- engage critically with the (sociolinguistic) literature on World Englishes (describing variation, examining data and discussing findings in relation to existing work)
- demonstrate the relationship between data and theory
- discuss academic argumentation and research in an informal setting using visual aids (e.g. hand-out, PowerPoint slides, poster, whiteboard) where appropriate


English is now the most widely spoken language in the world but there remains a great deal of variation in the varieties of English we encounter. It is now commonplace to discuss Englishes, e.g. Canadian English, British English, Jamaican English, Indian English, etc., rather than to consider English as a single entity. This course will thus give students a greater understanding about the range of varieties of English spoken around the world. We will consider questions including: How did English spread across the world? What does it mean to be a "global" language? What is "standard" English today outside of the USA and the UK? How do non-native speakers impact the development and use of varieties of English? What is the future of English? Though we will not necessarily come up with definitive answers, we will look at the different scientific explanations that have been proposed, and create proposals of our own that will explain the development of new varieties of English and the state and status of English outside of the USA and the UK.


BA exams may be taken in connection with this class
(see special requirements for BA exams)

Exigences du cursus d'études

Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL) Development of the English Language (DEL) Anglais au moins niveau B2

Informations supplémentaires


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