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Research on dialects of any language is always provisional. More information regularly becomes available; features which were once central to the dialect's system become increasingly marginalised in the language of younger students. A fresh analysis is always welcome; you can provide it. In this course you will catalogue what knowledge we presently have of a dialect, analyse what is missing and suggest a research project which will help increase our knowledge. While you will be given guidance, what dialect you research will be your own choice.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
In this course students will move beyond a basic understanding of dialectological practice, understanding the techniques, ethical questions and pitfalls of carrying out research on an unstandardised dialect. Having acquired the requisite knowledge of methodology and application, students will, with guidance, choose a dialect. They will establish the present knowledge base about that variety and produce a plan to carry out research on the contemporary dialect, paying attention to any gaps in our understanding apparent in the extant literature on the subject.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
2500-word essay (80%), seminar assessment mark (20%).
Formative assessment will be provided throughout the course both in class and, if requested, during the tutor's office hour.
Summative feedback will be given in writing. Students will be encouraged to discuss their performance face to face with their tutor.