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Variation in English Accents

Class at Faculty of Arts |


Each slot (e.g. lecture/seminar/tutorial) will last 45 minutes. There are 18 slots in total.  

L = lecture

T = tutorial

S = seminar

E = exam (final in-class analysis)              

Fri 13. 12. 14.10-15.45 (2 slots)

·         Intro to the course (L/S)

·         Intro to LVC theory (L/S) room 129

Sat 14.12. 9.10-11:35 (3 slots)

·         Variation in vowels in English accents (L/S)

·         Introduction to Praat (T)   13:10-15:35 (3 slots)

·         Analysing variation in English vowels (T) room 129

Mon 16. 12. 14.10-15.45, 15.50-17.25 (4 slots)

·         Variation in consonants in English accents (L/S)

·         Analysing pre-aspiration and glottalisation (T) room 129

Wed 18. 12. 10.50-11.35 (1 slot)

·         Suprasegmental variation in English accents (L/S)   14.10-15.45 (2 slots)

·         Analysing creaky voice (T)   15.50-16.35 (1 slot)

·         Language change profiles (L) room 129

Thu 19. 12. 9.10-10.45 (2 slots)

·         Final analysis (E) room 129  


The module will start with a general introduction to the fields of language variation and change, and phonetics and phonology. In the lectures, we will address theoretical aspects of the field, which will be combined with discussions of the most vigorous changes affecting today’s English accents. In the seminars, we will explore some of the phonetic/phonological variation of the sounds in question and learn how to analyse them.

After taking this module, the student will be able to carry out basic phonetic analyses and have a good overview of those aspects which are the most relevant for the study of English accents.

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