Module Details

LG605-7-SP-CO: Sociophonology Research

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Language and Linguistics
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Comments: LG405-7-AU.

Supervisor: Dr. Wyn Johnson
Teaching Staff: Dr. Wyn Johnson & Dr Jenny Amos
Contact details: Dr. Wyn Johnson, office: 4.209, telephone: 01206 872082, email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module follows on from the Autumn Term module: Sociophonology. In the Spring term module, therefore, students take knowledge acquired in Sociophonology and conduct their own projects on language variation and English phonology, drawing on a number of corpora of different dialects of English which we have collected. At present we have collections of recordings from Ipswich, Colchester, Romford, Bridlington in Yorkshire, Nailsea in Somerset, Burntwood in the West Midlands, three locations in Northamptonshire, the Deepings in Lincolnshire, Lurgan in Northern Ireland, Rhondda in Wales, Blairgowrie in Scotland and a community in New England in the US. There will be no formal instruction during the term to give you time to analyse and research your own projects, but you will be expected to meet us for regular research supervision sessions.

This module gives students the opportunity to conduct their own research and to put into practice all they have learned in the theoretical Autumn term module.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Supervised research.


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Other details

Supervised Research 100% coursework. 1 x 3000 essay to be submitted on the Friday of week 31.


  • Cruttenden A. (1994) Gimson's Pronunciation of English London: Arnold.
  • Foulkes P. & G. Docherty (eds) (1999) Urban Voices: Accent studies of the British Isles, London: Arnold.
  • McMahon A. (2000) Lexical Phonology and the History of English. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Trudgill, P (1986) Dialects in contact. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Wells J (1982) Accents of English Cambridge: CUP.

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