Syllabus query

Academic Year/course: 2017/18

416 - Degree in English

27856 - Geographical Varieties of English

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
27856 - Geographical Varieties of English
Faculty / School:
103 - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
416 - Degree in English
4 and 3
Second semester
Subject Type:

5.1. Methodological overview

See "Learning activities " and "Syllabus".

More information will be provided on the first day of class.

5.2. Learning tasks

  • Theoretical lectures.
  • Practical lectures.
  • Individual work.
  • Personal study.
  • Assessment activities.

5.3. Syllabus

(27856) Geographical Varieties of English

1. English as an International Language

2. The main Standard Varieties of English. Language and nation. Linguistic Symbolic value.

3. English in North-America. History, diversity and change.

4. Other varieties: Pidgins and Creoles.

5.4. Course planning and calendar

See the academic calendar of the University of Zaragoza ( and the website of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts (Schedule of classes:; Examination schedule:

More information will be provided on the first day of class.

5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources


Compulsory readings

ALGEO, John (ed.). 2001. English in Northamerica. Origins and Development. The Cambridge History of the English Language.Vol.6. Cambridge UP

BEX, Tony and Richard J. WATTS (eds.) 1999. Standard English: The Widening Debate. London: Routledge.

GRADDOL, David, Dick LEITH and Joan SWANN. 2002. English History, Diversity and Change. London: Routledge.

LIPPI-GREEN, Rosina. 1997. English With an Accent. London: Routledge.

SPOLSKY, Bernard. 1998. Sociolinguistics. Oxford UP.

WELLS, John C. 1982. Accents of English. Beyond the British Isles. Vol. 3. Cambridge UP.

WEBSTER, Noah [1789] 1991. "An Essay on the necessity, advantages and practicability of reforming the mode of spelling, and of rendering the orthography of words correspondent to the pronunciation", in CROWLEY, T. (ed.) Proper English: readings in language, history and cultural identity. London Routledge.

Recommended bibliography

LABOV, William. 1972. Sociolinguistic Patterns. Oxford: Blackwell.

KACHRU, B. B. 1992. The Other Tongue: English accross Cultures.Urbana/Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

RICKFORD, John R. 1999. African American Vernacular English.Massachussetts: Blackwell

TODD, Loreto. 1984. Modern Englishes: pidgins and creoles.Oxford/London. Blackwell in association with André Deutsch.

TOTIE, Gunnel. 2002. An Introduction to American English.Massachussets: Blackwell.

TRUDGILLL, Peter and Jean HANNAH. 2002. International English A Guide to the Varieties of Standard English. London: Arnold.

WOLFRAM, Walt. 1991. Dialects and American English. EnglewoodCliff. N.J.: Prentice Hall.