Regional Variation in English (Q1081)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module provides an introduction to regional variation in the English language. The module is divided between an overview of the types of variation found and a practical part in which students will have the opportunity to explore an aspect of variation and/or change in an original research project. The first part will discuss aspects of accent variation, looking at major parameters of phonological differences and introducing some key accents in greater detail, and also explore grammatical and lexical differences between different regional varieties. Attention is also given to 'new' Englishes and creoles and their phonological, lexical and grammatical features.

The other part will provide students with the tools to conduct their own empirical analyses, including methods of data collection and an introduction to phonetic analysis software, and connect back to the Variation in English I module by bringing regional and social variation together in the students' own linguistic analyses of selected varieties of English.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.