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Postgraduate Course: Early Germanic Dialects (LASC11116)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLanguage Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website Please use Learn Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionOur earliest English is Old English, the language spoken in Britain by Germanic tribes who migrated here from the continent in the course of the fifth century. The arrival of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes marked a watershed: English, whose speakers were now separated from Germanic tribes that remained on the continent, embarked on a separate trajectory of development. The Germanic dialects on the continent ultimately developed into present-day German, Dutch, and the Scandinavian languages, each with their own lexicon, grammar, and sound systems. Yet all these languages share a common core that marks them as members of the same language family, Germanic, as well as a cultural core of legendary figures of the Germanic past. Although the position of Old English is unique in this family with respect of the early dating of its texts, and the sheer size of its textual corpus, the other early Germanic "dialects" are also well-documented. This course offers a comparative study of the early Germanic languages: Gothic (East Germanic), Old Norse (North Germanic), Old Saxon, Old English, Old Frisian, Old Low Franconian and Old High German (West Germanic), in the context of the historical background of the Germanic tribes and the Migration Period. These linguistic data will be reviewed in the light of recent insights into modelling dialect continuums, and into the effects of language or dialect contact.

- Interactive exercises on LEARN about points of grammar etc. so that the students can see how well they are doing
- Option of getting individual feedback on a short assignment that can be handed in through Learn every two weeks
- A session with all the students as an exam briefing in the last class of term
- "question hour" two or three days before the exam
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) 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 26, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
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)Early Germanic Dialects2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- An understanding of the shared linguistic history of the Germanic languages
- An understanding of linguistic relatedness and language change
- An understanding of the linguistic impact of language or dialect contact
- An ability to read research papers and present their content to a peer audience
Assessment Information
Coursework (50%)
Exam (50%)

Coursework Deadline: Thursday 15th May 2014, 12 Noon

Exam to be Scheduled:

Coursework Page Limit: 11-15 pages not counting references or appendix

Coursework Format: Times New Roman, font 12, double spacing

Coursework Return Date: Friday 6th June 2014

Exam Return Date: tbc, approximately 3 weeks after exam takes place
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Robinson, Orrin (1992). Old English and its closest relatives: a survey of the earliest Germanic languages. Stanford Calif.: Stanford University Press
Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserProf Bettelou Los
Tel: (0131 6)51 1842
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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