Regional Variation in English (Q1081)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

You are introduced to regional variation in the English language, including:

  • a survey of regional differences in phonology, grammar and lexis
  • an overview of the methodological basics of modern dialectology
  • an introduction to important theoretical concepts in variationist linguistics.

We begin with a look at variation in Britain. We also look at English in postcolonial contexts and ‘new’ Englishes and creoles, paying attention to language attitudes and language policy.


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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: