THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2006/2007
The History of the Gaelic Languages (CT0101)
This course examines the development of Gaelic from the Early Irish (or Early Gaelic) period through to the Modern period. The main emphasis is on the Gaelic language in Scotland, but the course also gives some attention to the parallel emergence of Modern Irish and Manx. The course will consider (1) questions of definition and theoretical approach, including an introduction to the principles of historical linguistics; (2) scholarship on the history of Gaelic, including the emergence of a distinct Scottish version of Gaelic; (3) the texts which illustrate of the development of the language; and (4) research methods, including techniques for assessing the date and provenance of Gaelic texts over the centuries.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : 3rd year
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 11 weeks
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The course gives students an understanding of (1) the discipline, concepts and terminology of Gaelic philology and historical linguistics and (2) the identification and characteristics of the main periods of Gaelic in Scotland. Additionally, students have the opportunity to conduct original research and explore aspects of the Gaelic language which offer important insights into the literature, history and ethnology of the Gaels.
Two class-work assignments are each worth 25% and the Degree Examination is worth 50% of the overall mark for the course. The Degree Examination consists of a single 2-hour paper.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Miss Christina Arja Strauch
Dr A Gunderloch
Course Website : http://www.arts.ed.ac.uk/celtic/
School Website : http://www.llc.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/