Prof. Peter L. Patrick
Office hours (Jan-Mar 2013):
2:30 - 3:30
12:30 - 1:30
Teaching (Jan-Mar 2013 term):
Courses I’ll Teach This Year
· I only lecture on the 1st half (Weeks 16-20, Jan 19 to Feb 16) of Winter 2013 term, on the topics “Multilingualism, Language Contact & Language Change”.
· This will be the link to the Coursepage for my section of the course. This coursepage is only for my section of the course, in the first half of Winter Term, Jan 2013.
· The Course Director is Wyn Johnson (wyn at essex.ac.uk). Lecturers for the Autumn 2012 term are Vineeta Chand (first half) and Rebecca Clift (second half). Lecturers in Winter term 2013 are myself (first half) and Enam Al-Wer (second half). Graduate Teaching Assistants for this term are Ariel Vazquez Carranza and Uri Horesh.
· 2nd-year undergrad survey of the field. Full-year course.
· I lectured in Autumn term (Oct-Dec) 2012 only, which focused on language variation. Here is the Autumn 2012 coursepage.
· I’m Course Director in all terms, and happy to see students during my office hours, about their assignments or anything else.
· Winter term (Jan-Mar) 2013 is taught by Dr Enam Al-Wer. The Winter term may not have a coursepage.
· There will be two revision sessions in Term 3, on for my half of the course and one for Enam’s. For specifics, see Updates in late Term 2.
· Taught in Winter term (Jan-Mar) 2013. We survey the history, ecology and distribution of some major languages and 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/postgrad module for either Final-Year UG or MA 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.
· The coursepage for last year (Winter 2012) is here. The coursepage for Jan 2013 is not yet updated for the new term.
· Taught in Winter term (Jan-Mar) 2013. 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/postgrad module for either Final-Year or MA students, in either Linguistics or Human Rights degree programmes.
· The coursepage for Winter 2013 will be here. It is not yet updated for the new term.
Courses Taught in Other Years
· Last taught in Autumn (Oct-Dec) 2009. It considers 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.
undergrad/postgrad module for BA Sociolinguistics (final-year) and MA Sociolinguistics
· There is normally a two-term sequence with Pidgins and Creoles (term 2), open to both levels.
· Although it forms the 1st half of a year-long sequence with the next course, you may take either term separately.
· Last taught in Winter (Jan-Mar) 2010. It considers language change and development through contact, exploring Pidgin and Creole languages around the world. Here is the Winter term 2009 coursepage.
undergrad/postgrad module for BA Sociolinguistics (final-year) and MA
Sociolinguistics students at
· There is normally a two-term sequence with Black Englishes (term 1), open to both levels.
· Although it forms the 2nd half of a year-long sequence with the next course, you may take either term separately.
· 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’ve created to answer basic questions and point you to existing resources.
African American English: A webpage for linguists and other folks
· My introduction to issues and research about (US) African American English, with 700-item bibliography
A list of books on introductory sociolinguistics, written in languages other than English:
...So far: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German,
· Some pointers for the inexperienced, and maybe others
Teaching (Oct-Dec 2012):
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Last updated 08 January 2013