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Undergraduate Course: LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages (LASC08021)

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 descriptionThe course introduces students to the structure and history of the major European languages, focussing in particular on the languages of the Romance, Germanic, Celtic and Slavic families. The course will cover both the principal historical events that have affected the development of these languages (external history) and provide a sketch of the development of modern vernaculars from their historical forbears (internal history). The course will also deal in detail with a number of specific topics that are significant in the linguistic study of the present-day European languages, including both structural topics (for example, case systems and the syntax of verbs) and historical and sociolinguistic topics (for example, the development of standard languages and the role of European languages in historical processes of creolisation).
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 equivalent to A brief Introduction to Language (LASC08016). 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 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
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)LEL2E2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)LEL2E Resit2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- understand the historical context of Romance, Germanic, Celtic and Slavic languages
- describe the major structural properties that characterise these language groups;
- read specialised linguistic works in individual European languages;
- identify and outline specific research topics that are suitable as projects for Honours long essays and dissertations;
- undertake university-level courses on Romance, Germanic, Celtic or Slavic languages in the languages' home countries on a roughly equal footing with local students as regards background knowledge about the language and its history.
Assessment Information
Essay (2,500 words), reporting on an individual research project on a specific topic concerning one or more of the European languages (50%)
Written exam, comprising sections with short-answer questions, larger questions and an essay question (50%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Ball, Martin J. (ed.) (1993) The Celtic Languages. London: Routledge.
Comrie, Bernard (1990) The Major Languages of Western Europe. London: Routledge.
Comrie, Bernard and Greville Corbett (eds.) (1993) The Slavonic Languages. London: Routlegde.
Harris, Martin and Vincent, Nigel (eds.) (1988) The Romance Languages. London: Routledge.
König, Ekkehard and Auwera, Johan van der (eds.) (1994) The Germanic Languages. London: Routledge.
Nielsen, Hans Frede (1989) The Germanic Languages: Origins and Early Dialectal Interrelations. University of Alabama Press.
Posner, Rebecca (1996) The Romance Languages. Cambridge University Press.
Ramat, Paolo, and Ramat, Anna Giacalone (1998) The Indo-European Languages. London: Routledge.
Sussex, Roland and Paul Cubberley (eds.) (2006) The Slavic Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Peter Ackema
Tel: (0131 6)50 3495
Course secretaryMs Francesca Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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