ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Varieties of English language in Lexical, Grammatical and Spelling Domain in Bosnian Highschool Context
1 International Burch University, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Classified as a Germanic language and evidently a common language, a lingua franca of the world, after years of development, English has formed a number of varieties differing in many areas, including vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, grammar, and in some cases, accent. As a result of its widespread, it is crucial to know which variety is used, yet preferred by learners, and observe differences between them. Therefore, the current study aimed to examine the two most commonly used, often mixed, varieties of English, namely American English and British English, in one high school in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Moreover, we aimed , to see whether students are aware of the significant differences in spelling, vocabulary, and grammatical structure. In doing so, 50 randomly selected high school students were given a test consisting of written differences related to lexical items, spelling, as well as differences visible in grammar. The findings revealed that the majority of participants prefer British English, though they are not totally aware of the differences in the mentioned areas between these two varieties; as a result, they are frequently mixing them. Lacking knowledge about these two primary varieties of English would, undeniably in some cases, lead to misunderstanding; thus, teachers should pay more attention and give more effort to raise the learners’ awareness of different varieties and their distinctive aspects.
Keywords: varieties of English, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, differences
HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE
Ahmetović E. (2021). Varieties of English language in Lexical, Grammatical and Spelling Domain in Bosnian Highschool Context, MAP Education and Humanities, 1(2), 32-42. doi: https://doi.org/10.53880/2744-2373.2021.1.2.32