Course Materials 2017-18

Prof. Peter L. Patrick

University of Essex

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Teaching (Oct-Dec 2017):

LG218

Mon 3-5pm

5B.111A

LG448

Thur 2-4pm

5N.311

LG554

Wed 11am-1pm

3.407

 

Academic Support hours (Oct-Dec 2017)

(formerly known as “office hours”):

 

PhD

Tues

by

11am-1pm

appt. only

UG/MA/ open

 

Mon

Weds

or by

1:30 – 2:30pm

2:30 – 3:30pm

appt.

Dept. Guide to writing essays and exams

My own materials about essays, exams & data problems

 

Courses I’ll Teach This Year

(You can also locate materials via ORB)

(My reading lists are migrating to Talis Aspire)

 

Language in Society (formerly Language Variation & Change)    (LG 114) Webpage not yet updated for Jan 2018

·      This is a 1st-year undergraduate introduction to language use and structure with an emphasis on language variation and change. It will be offered in Spring (ie Jan-March) 2018 only. The main coursepage for my section (9 Feb- 2 Mar 2017) was available here. Update in the new year.

·      Here is the link to the Coursepage for my section of the course.

·      I am the Course Director this year. Lecturers for the Spring 2018 term are myself and Ella Jeffries. Graduate Teaching Assistants for this term are Carmen Ciancia and Fawaz Martini.

                                                                                                                                                     

Sociolinguistics (LG 218)                         Webpage now updated for Oct 2017          

·       This is a 2nd-year undergraduate survey of the field. It’s only taught in the autumn term.

·       I will lecture in Autumn term (Oct-Dec) 2017; we focus on language variation. This is the Autumn 2017 coursepage.

·       I’m Course Director, and happy to see students during my office hours, about their assignments or anything else.

·       The revision session in Term 3 will be in Week 30, 23 Apr 2018, 3-5pm. For more specifics, see Updates closer to the date.

 

American Languages (LG448, term 1)        Webpage now updated for Oct 2017

·       I teach this in Autumn term (Oct-Dec). We survey the history, ecology and distribution of some major languages & dialects in contemporary North America, highlighting distinctive or characteristic language and dialect structures, and examining basic linguistic, sociolinguistic and language policy issues arising in North American contexts.

·       An optional undergrad module for Final-Year students. May be taken either by students on Linguistics degree programmes, or on relevant other degrees (e.g. US Studies), in which case provision is made for those lacking a background in (socio-)linguistics.

·       This is the Autumn 2017 coursepage.

 

Language Rights (LG474, term 2)               Webpage not yet updated for Jan 2018

·       I teach this in Winter term (Jan-Mar) 2018. We identify, document and explore common types of language conflicts that potentially involve human rights violations; and investigate language policy, planning and other attempts at resolving language issues which impinge on individual/group human rights.

·       An optional undergrad module for Final-Year students, in either Linguistics, Human Rights or other degree programmes.

·       From January 2018, UG and MA students must register for separate classes which will be taught separately, as required by the Dean of Social Sciences. See LG674 below.

·       The module also involves lectures from time to time by other appropriate Members of the Human Rights Centre and visiting speakers.

·       This is last year’s coursepage (Jan-Mar 2017). Update in the new year.

 

 

Sociolinguistic Methods I (LG 554, term 1)   Webpage now updated for Oct 2017

·       This module has been officially rebranded “LG554 Analysing Language in Society: Research Methods.” In it we learn how to collect and analyse data and present results.

·       It’s a compulsory postgraduate module for sociolinguistics MA students. I normally teach it in Autumn term (Oct-Dec).

 

Language Rights (LG674, term 2)               Webpage not yet updated for Jan 2018

·       I teach this in Winter term (Jan-Mar) 2018. We identify, document and explore common types of language conflicts that potentially involve human rights violations; and investigate language policy, planning and other attempts at resolving language issues which impinge on individual/group human rights.

·       An optional module for postgraduate students, in either Linguistics, Human Rights or other degree programmes.

·       From January 2018, UG and MA students must register for separate classes which will be taught separately, as required by the Dean of Social Sciences.

·       The module also involves lectures from time to time by other appropriate Members of the Human Rights Centre and visiting speakers.

·       This is last year’s coursepage for the combined UG/PG version (Jan-Mar 2017). Update in the new year.

 

 

Courses Taught in Other Years

These materials, copyright Peter L Patrick, may still be of interest

Out of Africa: Black Englishes (LG449, term 1)

·       Last taught in Autumn (Oct-Dec) 2009. It considered language change and development through contact, concentrating on Black Englishes, as spoken in the USA and UK by people of African descent. Here is the Autumn term 2009 Coursepage.

·       An optional undergrad/postgrad module for BA Sociolinguistics (final-year) and MA Sociolinguistics students at Essex.

·       There was normally a two-term sequence with Pidgins and Creoles (term 2), open to both levels.

 

 

Out of Africa: Pidgins & Creoles (LG449, term 2)

·       Last taught in Winter (Jan-Mar) 2010. It considered language change and development through contact, exploring Pidgin and Creole languages around the world. Here is the Winter term 2010 coursepage.  

·       An optional undergrad/postgrad module for BA Sociolinguistics (final-year) and MA Sociolinguistics students at Essex.

 

Some online teaching resources (have not updated these in some time)

Ten (Socio-)Linguistic axioms:

·       10 things all linguists more or less agree on (I hope) – some will surprise beginners!

Intro to Pidgin and Creole Languages: Some resources for beginners

·      A FAQ I created to answer basic questions and point you to (then-)existing resources.

African American English: A webpage for linguists & other folk

·      My introduction to issues and research about (US) African American English, with 700-item bibliography. Not updated since 2009.

A list of books on introductory sociolinguistics, written in languages other than English:

·      ...So far: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish! Email me any additions.

How (and how not!) to give a research talk:

·      Some pointers for the inexperienced

 

 Revision (Apr-Jun 2018 term):

 

LG218

Mon 3-5pm

24 Apr

5B.111A

 

 

LG448

Thu 2pm-4pm

26 Apr

5B.111A

 

 

LG474

Thu 10am-12

26 Apr

TC1.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated 05 October 2017