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Language Variation
Hoffmann, Thomas

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Language Variation: Varieties of English around the World
22.10.2019 - 07.02.2020
Federführende Fakultät:
Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dozierende/r: Prüfer/in:
Brunner, Thomas
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25 unbegrenzt
In the "eWave atlas", an online database of varieties of English around the world (ewave-atlas.org), 92% of varieties allow interrogative clauses without inversion ("You liked India?" – Indian South African English), 91\% can form adverbs without "-ly" ("Come quick!" – Indian English) and 54\% have given up the distinction between mass and count nouns ("How many staffs are on medical leave?" – Malaysian English). From a standard English perspective, these features count as errors – but can they be errors when they have been conventionalised in these varieties? Can the standard of English spoken in the UK and the US still be the norm for everyone in a language which has far more L2 speakers (more than 500 million) than L1 speakers (about 380 million)? Questions of this kind lie at the heart of the field of "World Englishes". In this class, we will deal with a wide range of varieties of English spoken around the world, with a special focus on so-called `New Englishes'' such as Indian English, Singaporean English or Malaysian English, which have arisen in the aftermath of British colonialism. Such varieties are usually spoken as L2s, but fulfil important functions in key domains of society, including politics, the media, the economy, and, to some extent, people’s private lives, which raises intriguing questions with regard to their social function. At the same time, it is fascinating to study the kinds of linguistic innovations which have developed in such varieties, some of which are due to universal tendencies of language change (e.g. simplification), while others are caused by patterns transferred from local languages. Requirements: Presentation and term paper (4,000 words) 

Recommended advance reading: Schneider, E. W. (2007): Postcolonial English: Varieties around the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The class will be complemented by the seminar "Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Variation", in which we will develop a structural template for sociolinguistic studies and practise corpus-linguistic and basic statistical methods. Please note that you will need to bring your own computer to class.
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Datum / Zeit Raum Dozent Kommentar
Di 22.10.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 29.10.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 05.11.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 12.11.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 19.11.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 26.11.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 03.12.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 10.12.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 17.12.2019 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 07.01.2020 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 14.01.2020 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 21.01.2020 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 28.01.2020 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas
Di 04.02.2020 08:15 - 09:45 WH-103 Brunner, Thomas