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   ENS 207 G Enskar mállýskur - English Dialects
Pétur Knútsson, Spring 2009
London Estuary English:
Wanpela Vanuatu wantok:

This course will look at accent variation in the BritishI Isles, English accents in America (U.S. and Canada) and the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa), and include an overview of African, Indian and Asian varieties of English. Hopefully we will also have time for an introdution to Creole studies.

This course is also a distance learning course. If you are a distance learner, please let me know by email, and make sure you are registered as a distance learner with Student Registration (Nemendskrá).


What is the difference between a buffalo and a bison? 
Estuary Englsih: see John Well'ss site


Assignments Log

Mid term paper
Final paper


Our basic text for this course is Melchers, Gunnel, and Philip Shaw: World Englishes. Arnold 2003
Various other texts will be made available.

I shall also be referring extensively to the following texts, amongst otheres:

  • J.C.Wells, Accents of English, 3 volumes, Cambridge University Press 1982 (What to read in Wells's Accents)
  • J.K. Chambers and Peter Trudgill, Dialectology, Cambridge 1994
  • Peter Trudgill,  New-Dialect Formation. Edinburgh  2005

Assessment (tentative plan)

  • Mid-term paper (40%)
  • Final paper /60%)

MA students will also concentrate on one particular area OR aspect (in consultation with me) and write an extra assignment on it.

Some links (most of the necessary links will be found on the schedule)


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