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Topic 52: Varieties and Dialects of English

  1. Dialect and language
    definition and problems, vernacular
  2. Social differentiation and language
    vertical and horizontal differentiation, hypercorrection
  3. Dialects of England of the Present
    dialect vs. accent, isoglosses
  4. Dialects of England of the Past
    geographic distribution, relevance for modern English, estuary English
  5. Celtic English
    Irish English, Welsh English and Scottish English
  6. American English (GA)
    geographical distribution, differences and similarities with respect to RP
  7. Transglobal Englishes
    Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African, etc. English
  8. Standard British English
    its history and emergence, Estuary English, emergence of Received Pronunciation (RP)
  9. American English dialects and varieties and their relation to British English
    phonological, syntactic, semantic and lexical correspondences
  10. Methods of Dialectology
    dialect and accent, lexical diffusion, isoglosses, diglossia, code-switching, etc.
  11. Slang, jargon, taboo
    core vs. periphery, diffusion, standardisation
  12. Pidgins, Creoles
    differences, similarities, `copies' of donor language or systems in their own right (phonological, semantic, syntactic aspects)

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