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Synchronic Linguistics: English Dialects Past and Present

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): V A C A T

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     V A C A T


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


Upon completion of the course students should
- have acquired knowledge (a) of the most important ways in which English dialects have developed over time and (b) of different methods applied to describe dialects;
- be able to understand and apply the terminology and concepts used in the description of English dialects;
- be able to compile/collect datasets and use them appropriately in order to shed light on English dialects, i.e. analyse/interpret data, formulate hypotheses and test them, decide between competing argumentations;
- be able to find a niche (based on existing research) and construct a focused and realistic research question;
- be able to select, adapt (if necessary) and apply an appropriate research method for the specific field in accordance with the ethics guidelines of the department;
- be able to present an academic argument in an informal setting through oral communication using a visual aid (e.g. handout, PowerPoint slides, poster, whiteboard) if appropriate;
- have developed the ability to present their research results both orally and in written form (at the appropriate academic level).


This course introduces students to historical and modern dialectology, i.e. the study of regional variation in language. Special reference will be made to British English and Scots. First, we will trace the development of dialectological theory and methodology, incl. an introduction to the Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English (LALME), major dialect surveys and dialect apps. Second, we will focus on the design, implementation and analysis of dialectological research. To this end, we will pay special attention to a range of linguistic features that distinguish the major dialects of English. Apart from focusing on dialectology as a branch of linguistic theory, we will also consider the relationship between dialectology and other disciplines such as geography, sociology and social psychology. Throughout the course we will also consider the representations of dialects in literature, film and pop music.


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


Chambers, J.K. and Peter Trudgill. 1999. Dialectology (2nd Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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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