Dialect Geography and the Linguistic Survey of Scotland
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Areas of Study:
1-freshman, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Language of Instruction:
This course will explore dialect geography and ways in which this kind of linguistic research has been carried in the U.K., focusing on the Linguistic Survey of Scotland (LSS) Students will be working with real data from the original LSS ‘slips’, collected in the 1950s. Students will undertake individual projects using the LSS data as well as complete a transcription project that will contribute to a larger, ongoing study that combines atlas-style data from the U.S. and the U.K.
The class will meet daily for a two-hour seminar-style investigation of topics in British dialect geography, starting with a brief history of dialect geography in the U.K. and ending with contemporary approaches, including hands-on experience creating feature maps with Google. We will spend afternoons in our ‘laboratory’, which in this case will be the Scottish Studies Archives, working with original LSS materials.
In addition to the academic component, students will also take in sites such as the Stirling and Alnwick Castles, Lochs Ness and Lomond, and an overnight trip to London!
Dr. Allison Burkette
Program Price Includes
UM Tuition and fees, program excursions, housing, international health insurance
Program Price DOES NOT Include
UM Study Abroad application fee, airfare, personal spending money, passport and visa fees