ENG2159 – Accents of English in the British Isles
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course gives an introduction to the regional and social accents of English spoken in the British Isles. It provides an overview of the ways in which pronunciation varies in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and includes detailed study of some specific accents in each of these countries.
After completing this course you will have:
- acquired knowledge about accent variation in English, with emphasis on varieties spoken in the British Isles
- gained an understanding of the correlation between pronunciation and its social and cultural significance
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Students should have passed the course ENG1103 – English Phonetics and Intonation, ENG1101 – English Phonetics and Intonation, An Introduction (discontinued) or have equivalent knowledge of English phonetics.
Recommended previous knowledge
This course presupposes a good proficiency in written and spoken English. It is also necessary for students to have acquired a good knowledge of English phonetics or General phonetics. A course in English Pronunciation or Spoken English is not sufficient.
10 credits overlap with ENG4159 – Accents of English in the British Isles
Seminar, 2 hours per week for 12 weeks, 24 hours in all.
- Attendance is obligatory at least 9 out of 12 seminars.
Students are required to hand in one paper of an acceptable standard by a set deadline during the semester to be eligible to submit the term paper. Students are expected to participate by contributing to discussions in class, handing in written work and presenting topics orally.
- Additional absences must be justified to the exam coordinator. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
The grade will be based on a term paper of 10 pages (4000 words).
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
You must do all obligatory activities, including attendance, in this course again if you want to qualify to re-take the exam. Admission depends on capacity.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.