This module focuses on the global spread of the English Language as an aspect of historical and contemporary cultural and commercial events. Students will get the opportunity to compare varieties of English both in Britain and other English speaking countries, examining the features that distinguish them from each other. These varieties will include British, American and Australian English in addition to other colonial and pidgin and creole varieties. The descriptive focus of the module will also give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in other modules, in particular: language analysis, phonetics and phonology, morphosyntax and sociolinguistics.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Total Contact Hours: 20
Method of assessment
Assignment 1 (1.000 words) – 30%
Assignment 2 (1.500 words) – 50%
Group Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%
Indicative Reading List
Crystal, D (any edition). English as a Global Language, Cambridge University Press
Davies, D. (2005). Varieties of Modern English: An Introduction London: Pearson Longman
Kachru, B.B. (1992). The Other Tongue: English across Cultures, Urbani: University of Illinois
Kachru, Y. and Smith, L.E. (2008). Cultures, Contexts, and World Englishes, London: Taylor & Francis
Kirkpatrick, A. (2007). World Englishes, Cambridge: CUP
Mesthrie, R. and Bhatt, R.M. (2008). World Englishes, Cambridge: CUP
Schneider, E.W. (2007). Postcolonial English, Cambridge: CUP
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Describe the relationship between the spread of English and global events;
Understand language issues in multilingual and multicultural societies, including issues pertaining to language planning and policy;
Recognise the influence of other languages on English, drawing upon theories of language genesis, acquisition, sociolinguistics and discourse;
Identify differences between British English, American English and other varieties of Englishes around the world;
Analyse the influence of other languages on English;
Compare varieties of English across the world from a range of perspectives: historical, morphosyntactical and discoursal.
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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