This course provides a detailed account of dialects of English in Britain and Ireland. It examines how these varieties differ in terms of their phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis. You will have the opportunity to look in detail at specific dialects, specifically at their linguistic features, historical origins, relations to other dialects, and the current forces which are shaping their development, from dialectological, sociolinguistic, perceptual and theoretical linguistic perspectives. Dialect and language contact, dialect levelling and new dialect formation are also explored. In 2022⁄2023, I teach the component on the course related to Irish English and the role of contact in the development of certain varieties of Scots and Scottish English.
See LASC10085 on DRPS.