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LN2510: VARIETIES OF ENGLISH (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:47

Course Overview

The English language spoken in different places and by different groups of people varies hugely and this variation is a perennial topic of interest whenever people from different backgrounds meet. This course will survey a range of varieties of English, both from across the British Isles and from around the world, and will explore how these varieties differ from each other as well as what unites them. In order to do this, we will consider the sounds of English, standard and non-standard word morphology, variation in sentence structure and differences in lexical choice.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr William S. Barras
  • Dr Elspeth Edelstein

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Course Description

This course will focus on the structured ways in which varieties of English differ from each other. Students will build on their existing knowledge of the structure of English including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis, and will develop analytical skills in these areas. By the end of the course students will have 1) a knowledge of varieties of English from the British Isles and beyond and 2) the ability to compare and contrast these varieties with reference to different aspects of linguistic structure.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

TAM - 20%

Homework exercise on Phonology (1500 words) - 40%

Homework exercise on Morphology (1500 words) - 40%


Resit (for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21):  

2000 Word Exercise on Phonology and Morphology

Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students):

2000 Word Exercise on Phonology and Morphology

Formative Assessment



Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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