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Dialect Geography and the Linguistic Survey of Scotland
Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory
Areas of Study: Linguistics Class Status: 1-freshman, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Program Type: study abroad Language of Instruction: English
Program: Faculty-Directed
Program Description:
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!
Faculty Dr. Allison Burkette
Course Credit LING 399
Prerequisites LING 313
Program Price $3,875
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
UM Study Abroad Office Contact Skip Langley

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2018 06/30/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.