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Undergraduate Course: Old English (LASC10013)

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 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLanguage Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course provide analyses of the structure of West-Saxon Old English, and the ways in which the structure of the phonology, morphology, and syntax functioned and changed from pre-Old English to the end of the Old English period. Offering a combination of synchronic and diachronic analyses, the course combines text-based analyses with evaluation of theoretical reconstructions of the language both before and during the textual period of Old English.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: English Language 2 (LASC08002) OR ( Linguistics 2A (LASC08006) AND Linguistics 2B (LASC08013)) OR ( Linguistics 2A (LASC08006) AND Linguistics 2Lh: Structure and History of the Western European Languages (LASC08007))
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs One textbook costing approximately 16.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will have acquired detailed knowledge and understanding of:
- the synchronic and diachronic structure of West Saxon Old English;
- the major linguistic developments reconstructable for the various levels of the grammar from pre-Old English to late Old English;
- a variety of linguistic interpretations of the Old English data
textual and source materials for the historical reconstruction of the linguistic systems of earlier English.
Students will be able to:
- analyse 'set' texts from the period;
- formulate the major changes reconstructable for the various levels of the grammar from pre-Old English to late Old English;
- provide derivational histories of forms from pre-Old English to late Old English;
- examine, describe and evaluate Old English data and structure from a synchronic point of view;
- offer critical evaluation of a variety of linguistic interpretations of the Old English data; and more generally have acquired the critical judgement and skills required in:
- assimilating and applying concepts of linguistic analysis to information and data abstracted from texts and from compendia based on texts;
- gathering, handling, organising, analysing and assessing data
- relating data to theory, and critically assessing the validity of theoretical claims in the scholarly literature;
- recognising and solving problems analytically;
- understanding the value of precise observation and rigorous analytical statements;
- investigating the process of interpretation and reconstruction.
Assessment Information
(1) Coursework providing 50% of the final mark.
(2) A two-hour written examination providing 50% of the final mark.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Anne King
Tel: (0131 6)50 3597
Email: Anne.King@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Fong
Tel:
Email: S.Fong@ed.ac.uk
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