English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of
literatures written in the English language(including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics(including English phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, and stylistics), and English sociolinguistics(including discourse analysisof written and spoken texts in the English language, the history of the English language, English language learning and teaching, and the study of World Englishes).
More broadly, English studies explores the production and analysis of texts produced in English (or in areas of the world in which English is a common mode of communication). It is not uncommon for academic departments of "English" or "English Studies" to include scholars of the
English language, literature (including literary criticismand literary theory), linguistics, law, journalism, composition studies, the philosophy of language, literacy, publishing/ history of the book, communication studies, technical communication, folklore, cultural studies, creative writing, critical theory, disability studies, area studies(especially American studies), theatre, gender studies/ ethnic studies, digital media/ electronic publishing, film studies/ media studies, rhetoricand philology/ etymology, and various courses in the liberal artsand humanities, among others.
In most English-speaking countries, the literary and cultural dimensions of English studies are typically practiced in
universitydepartments of English, while the study of texts produced in non-English languages takes place in other departments, such as departments of foreign language or comparative literature. English linguistics is often studied in separate departments of linguistics. This disciplinary divide between a dominant linguistic or a literary orientation is one motivation for the division of the North American Modern Language Association(MLA) into two subgroups. At universities in non-English-speaking countries, the same department often covers all aspects of English studies including linguistics: this is reflected, for example, in the structure and activities of the European Society for the Study of English(ESSE).
"See also" Literature and
linguistics, along with List of academic disciplines
Discourse analysisin English
* World Englishes
* History of the English Language
English language learning and teaching
American literature, including:
African American literature
Jewish American literature
British literature(literature from some regions of the United Kingdom may be written in Celtic languages)
Canadian literature(a significant amount of Canadian literature is also written in French)
New Zealand literature
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* [http://www.essenglish.org/ European Society for the Study of English] (ESSE)
* [http://www.ade.org/ Association of Departments of English] in the US and Canada
* [http://www.ncte.org/groups/cccc/ Conference on College Composition and Communication]
* [http://www.english.org/ Sigma Tau Delta, Int. English Honor Society]
* [http://www.mla.org/ Modern Language Association ("MLA")]
* [http://www.mla.org/related_org Organizations Related to the "MLA"]
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