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Synchronic Linguistics: English Dialects Past and Present

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Sara Lynch

Période de validité: 2018 -> 2018

Horaires du cours (Hebdomadaire)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
2018/2019 : Lundi 15:15-17:00 (Hebdomadaire) Anthropole/5033     Sara Lynch


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 3.00, 4.00


UUpon completion of the course students should
- have acquired knowledge of the basic concepts and tools relevant to the study of English dialectology;
- be able to apply these concepts and tools to the English language;
- have gained a solid overview of the core areas that define the field of English dialectology.
- be able to compile/collect (diachronic and synchronic) datasets and use them appropriately in order to shed light on language use, i.e. analyse/interpret data, formulate hypotheses and test them, decide between competing argumentations.
- be able to analyse and interpret sets of linguistic data using variationist theory (and quantitative measures), with a particular focus on the effects of different variables;
- 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.


The course introduces students to historical and modern dialectology with a focus on theory, methods and data analysis. Students will understand the difference between traditional dialectology and modern variationist studies approaches to analysis. Both North American and British dialects will be discussed, with similar attention given to lesser-known (or lesser-researched) dialects.
We start the course learning about methods and practices in early dialectology, and trace the evolution of the English language through the lens of dialectology. We then turn to more contemporary applications of dialectal studies and explore the trajectory from the study of rural NORMS to more dynamic, contemporary research focuses. We will, then, consider and review methods in data collection. At this point, students will practice actual dialectal data analysis and interpretation and must communicate their findings. Case studies focusing on Irish English and Micronesian Englishes will end the course. These sessions will bring together the themes discussed in class and provide stimulation and guidance for your larger assignment.


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


A selection of relevant articles and chapters will be uploaded to moodle on a weekly basis.

Exigences du cursus d'études

- Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL)
- Development of the English Language (DEL)

Informations supplémentaires


UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits
Anglais, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Enseignements complémentaires - BA-ANG-2-1060Optionnel4.00
Anglais, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique - BA-ANG-2-1050Optionnel3.00
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 ›› Enseignements complémentaires - NIV-ANG-2-1060Optionnel4.00
NIV-ANG: Mise à niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Linguistique - NIV-ANG-2-1050Optionnel3.00
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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