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Undergraduate Course: Methods in Dialectology (LASC10094)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to the aims, methods and applications of dialectology in the British Isles (including how and why the dialects of English and Scots have changed)
Course description This course is intended as a practical introduction to the aims, methods and results of dialectological work in the British Isles. Since the course is partly assessed through a coursework project that involves collection and analysis of data, some of the teaching will involve training in how to become a dialectologist, while the more theoretical parts of the course will involve furthering your understanding of how certain aspects of dialectology may be said to represent the 'meeting point' of diachronic linguistics, sociolinguistics and geolinguistics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018) OR LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework project: 50%
Exam: 50%
An individual project, chosen from a list of outline projects provided by the lecturers on the course (2500 words): 50%
An exam, consisting of short answer questions, data analysis and possibly a short essay question: 50%

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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand key terms and concepts in dialectology.
  2. Understanding the aims of dialectologists in the British Isles over the last century and a half.
  3. Understanding the methods of dialectologists in the British Isles over the last century and a half and how those methods can be used in their own study.
  4. Understand how to analyse dialect data from a range of sources, historical and modern (including historical texts, dialect literature, traditional dialect transcriptions, audio recordings, questionnaire returns).
  5. Conduct a small scale dialectological project using methodologies covered on the course.
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Course organiserDr Warren Maguire
Course secretaryMiss Samantha Bell
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