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Undergraduate Course: LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLanguage Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides students with a detailed introduction to variation in English over time and across geographical space. The course takes a narrative approach to the history of the language, beginning with the 'pre-historical' period and the languages of early Britain, and ending with the spread of English across the world, and its status as the global language of the twenty-first century. Throughout, changes associated with the external history of the language are discussed in tandem with systemic changes affecting the phonology, morphology and syntax of different varieties of English. Students will be introduced to principles of historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics as they apply to varieties of English. They will also become familiar with the basic structural characteristics of the main periods of English in Britain (Old, Middle and Modern English), and with the formal and functional characteristics of some new Englishes (e.g. those in Africa and India). The development of English and Scots in Scotland is a further notable feature of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Linguistics & English Language 1 (LASC08015) OR A Brief Introduction to Language (LASC08016)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)LEL2C2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After taking this course, students will be able to:
- describe some of the features of earlier English
- describe some of the features of global varieties of contemporary English
- discuss the function of English in different communities at different points in time
- understand some of the basic principles of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology
- apply some of these principles in order to analyse data from varieties of English
- analyse texts (written and spoken) from different periods of English
- analyse texts (written and spoken) produced by users of English in communities across the modern world.
Assessment Information
1 essay of 2,500 words (50%)
1 exam (including textual analysis) (50%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Bauer, L. 2002. An Introduction to International Varieties of English. Edinburgh: EUP.
Crystal, D. 2003. English as a Global Language. 2nd edition. Cambridge: CUP.
Hogg, R.M. (ed.) 1992-2001. The Cambridge History of the English Language. Cambridge: CUP.
Jones, C. (ed.) 1997. The Edinburgh History of the Scots Language. Edinburgh: EUP.
Melchers, G & P. Shaw. 2003. World Englishes. Oxford: OUP.
Mugglestone, L. (ed.) 2006. The Oxford History of English. Oxford: OUP.
Trask, R.L. 1996. Historical Linguistics. London: Arnold.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Claire Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8392
Course secretaryMs Francesca Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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