Varieties of English

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Varieties of English

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Language is a multifaceted reality, and so are languages. What we designate with a single name 'English' (or any other, for that matter), actually hides heterogenous forms and components. In this class, we will examine some of the main axes of variation for different forms of English: diachronic and dialectal variation.

    This course requires having acquired the basic linguistic concepts and analytic skills developed in the previous linguistic subjects.
    C1 level of English

    1. English from a chronological perspective: from Old English to Modern English
    1.1 Old English: general characteristics. Strong and weak verbs. The origins of modern irregular verbs.
    1.2 English in the context of IE languages.
    1.3 Middle and Modern English: linguistic changes. The origins of moderns dialects
    2. Geographical varieties of English
    2.1 Axes of variation: lexicon, grammar, pronunciation, spelling. Standardization
    2.2 The major standards: General American and British RP
    2.3 'Inner circle variaties': a case study in one dialect.

    * Class lectures and discussion
    * Data analysis
    * Oral presentations
    * Homework analysis, contrast and selection of data
    * Tests
    * Guided data gathering
    * Elaboration of analytic and descriptive texts
    * Assignment rewriting

    Assignments: 20%.
    Tests: 50%
    Oral presentation: 10%
    Written paper: 20%

    There will be several tests, the last one coinciding with the last day of classes. On the day of the official exam, failed tests may be retaken; passed tests may also be retaken to raise the grade.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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