Dr Robert Penhallurick

Reader
English Language And Literature
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 4341

About Me

Rob Penhallurick is the author of Studying the English Language (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), and editor of Debating Dialect: Essays on the Philosophy of Dialect Study (University of Wales Press, 2000). He has also written two books on varieties of Welsh English, The Anglo-Welsh Dialects of North Wales (Peter Lang, 1991) and Gowerland and its language (Peter Lang,1994). He is a contributor to The Penguin Atlas of British & Irish History (2001) and the forthcoming second edition of Language in the British Isles (Cambridge University Press). His articles and essays to date have concentrated on varieties of English and their study. He has worked for three of the major dialect surveys of Europe: the Atlas Linguarum Europae, the Survey of English Dialects, and the Survey of Anglo-Welsh Dialects; and he is curator of the Department's Archive of Welsh English, which houses an extensive collection of audio recordings and transcriptions. The main areas of his current teaching and supervision are general linguistics, history of the English language, dialectology and sociolinguistics, language and identity, semiotics, film studies, and the origins of speech and writing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Welsh English
  • Varieties and dialects of English
  • Dialectology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • History of English
  • History of English Language Studies

Teaching

  • ALE120 Studying the English Language

    How did English becoma a global language? What exactly is Standard English? What do slips of the tongue reveal about language? ALE120 Studying the English Language answers these questions and many more. The module is an introduction to the diversity and history of English, and to relevant contemporary and classic work in linguistics. Other topics discussed in the lectures and accompanying course-book include the effects of dialect and accent on identity, swearing and offensive names in English, language and gender, language planning and theories about the origin of language. The course-book, Studying the English language, by Rob Penhallurick (Palgrave, 2010, 2nd edition), is the backbone to the module:the weekly lectures add further detail and discussion, and are supplemented by some seminar-class meetings.

  • ALEM24 World Englishes

    The module will cover the history and character of a selection of L1 and L2 varieties of English across the world ( including the British Isles); it will also consider emerging 'foreign language' varieties, and the English based pidgins and creoles;it will look at attempts to model development of world Englishes, and it will consider some of the associated ideological issues.

  • EN-260 Studying Dialect

    This module tells the story of the study of dialect down the centuries, emphasizing the study of varieties of the English language. It looks at the early interest in ‘provincial’ English, through to the development of systematic dialectology in the nineteenth century, the advent of the sociolinguistic approach in the twentieth century, and on to the current diversity of methods and research. In doing so we also look at the history of dialect dictionaries, linguistic atlases, and national dialect surveys; at cultural attitudes towards non-standard English; and at the range of theoretical underpinnings of dialect study: philological, structuralist, and generative. Students should be aware that this is a module with much content and ground to cover and classes are mainly lecture-format. Class numbers tend to be high which, given staff resources, sometimes makes speedy return of essays difficult. Additional consultation hours may be arranged towards the end of the module in order to compensate.

  • EN-376 Prehistory, History and Language

    This module has three sections 1. The origins of language question- focusing especially on the ideas of Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, and Terrence Deacon. This section gives us an in-depth insight into the theories of the fundamental character of language. 2. The search for the Indo-European- focusing on rival theories ( for example, Colin Renfrew, JP Mallory, Marija Gimbutas) on the origins and spread of Indo-European languages. This section provides an in-detail understanding of research into the language "family" that gave us English. 3. The Old English to Middle English question- what is the evidence that led language historians to identify a boundary between so called "Old" and "Middle English." This section is about the historical processes that changed the grammar, vocabulary, and spelling of English enormously in the Middle Ages. Students should be aware that this is a challenging module with much content and ground to cover from a range of disciplines, and classes are mainly lecture-format. Class numbers tend to be high which, given staff resources, sometimes makes speedy return of essays difficult. Additional consultation hours may be arranged towards the end of the module in order to compensate.

  • ENA301 Research Project (Linguistics)

    In this module, students will conduct an empirical research project in Linguistics under supervision. This will entail collecting and analyzing data, as well as writing up their projects in an 8,000 word dissertation.

Supervision

  • A history of Welsh English (brief working title) (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick
    Other supervisor: Dr Vivienne Rogers
  • Individual differences in language attainment: to what extent do native speakers of English vary in syntactic competence (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Dr Vivienne Rogers
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick
  • The discourse of mental health: an analysis of usage and perceptions (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick
    Other supervisor: Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • 'The Desert of the Real': Simulation and Assimilation in Hollwyood Cinema (awarded 2007)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick
    Other supervisor: Mr William Merrin
  • The Phonology of Neath English (awarded 2005)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick