English Linguistics. From Beowulf to Bislama

Course Code :1110FLWTLE
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Johan Van der Auwera

3. Course contents *

This is a course on variation in English. The variation has a diachronic and a synchronic dimension. On the one hand, we study Old English, a language so different from Present-day English that one could be tempted to not consider it English at all. On the other hand, we look at world wide divergence in English today and we focus on Bislama, the English creole that is a national language of Vanuatu in the Pacific, again a language that one would not be inclined to call English. The course sketches the historical background and the grammar and we also read texts.