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English Sociolinguistics

Course Code :2020FLWTLE
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Astrid De Wit

3. Course contents *

In this course, we will set up a joint research project that allows us to document and analyze the English variety spoken by incoming international students at the University of Antwerp. This research project will be set against a broad theoretical background: students will be confronted with the main tenets of usage-based linguistics, variationist and interactional sociolinguistics, World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, and contact linguistics. Students will also get acquainted with methodological skills that are central to sociolinguistic research: conducting interviews, doing participant observation, and compiling a (small) corpus.