LG 448: American Languages

Prof. Peter L. Patrick

Dept. of Language & Linguistics

University of Essex

Last revised 19 April 2018


Updates for course material will be added to this page on a weekly basis. Please check here regularly!

o      Our revision class for the exam (undergraduates only) will be held on Thurs 26 April from 2-4pm in room 5B.111. If you are wondering what I think are some of the main points you should be planning to revise for the UG exam next term, please have a look at this Revision Guide. In preparing for the revision class, please send me any Qs you are worried about, or would like to see covered, before the day. Please remember, there are no silly or stupid questions. This is a time for checking that you understand things, and even the most basic points are fine to review with me. If you send me an email query about the exam, I’ll try to answer to everyone in this way – everything you send me might be helpful to someone else in the class too. We will not be able to revise 10 weeks’ worth of study in 2 hours, so I depend upon you to have questions. If there are no questions, it will be a very short revision session!

o      Our exam is scheduled for Tues 22 May, 9:00pm to 11:00 in NTC.3.07. Please check your individual exam schedules for any variation from this. Good luck!

o   I just finished updating week 2 Notes Native American shortly before class, so you may need to redownload it…

o   The Assignments page has been updated for Autumn term.

o   You can find some of the material for each class lecture, along with a set of notes, together in separate topic folders online. Go to the coursepage and then type in “restricted/”, ie http://orb.essex.ac.uk/lg/lg448/restricted/.  You’ll get a directory listing of folders: “AAE”, “Colonial”, “Native American” etc. inside each folder there is a file called “Notes” which outlines the lecture and refers to specific items – maps, articles, charts etc. – most of which are now in these folders. You can only access them from an Essex account.

·         You’ll also find the Notes and some, but not all, of those materials via Talis Aspire, linked from the References webpage.

o   Some chapters from Rosina Lippi-Green’s textbook English with an Accent (be sure you are using the heavily rewritten 2nd edition of 2012!) are on our schedule of readings. Further useful materials, e.g. recorded samples of AAE and Southern speech, are available through the publisher’s companion website for the textbook.

o   A few more items may appear as references on Talis from time to time.

o   One of our assignments, and material from all the lecture topics on North American English dialects, refers extensively to The Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, phonology, and sound change: A multimedia reference tool by William Labov, Sharon Ash & Charles Boberg (2006). This work, ANAE, is a Folio item in the library (f PE 2808.L2) but also exists as an online resource. Get familiar with it!


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