21st Сentury World Englishes: Language Varieties and Standard
This class offers a broad overview of English dialects and accents in their social, political, and ethno-cultural context. The main goal of this course is familiarizing the students with interdisciplinary research at the boundary of linguistics, sociology, culture studies, and literary history. The students will have a chance to study the role dialects and accents played in literature starting from "Pygmalion" by B. Show to "Skagboys" by I. Welsh. We are also going to write a lot in class and at home. In their midterm and final papers the students will be expected to discuss one of the aspects dialectology using interdisciplinary approach or to work out a show-case of one English dialect. The course might be of special interest for the students thinking of majoring in Literature, History of Civilizations, History of Arts, Sociology and Anthropology, and International relations. The reading material of the course include extracts from fiction, newspapers and magazines, television programs, poetry, academic papers, advertisements.