Undergraduate Course: History of Linguistics (LASC10096)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The history of enquiry into language, across continents and centuries, with due attention to relevant epistemological and methodological issues.
Accounts of language - its structure, origin, functions and use - have been produced since ancient times, across a broad range of cultures. This course surveys those traditions, along with the methodological issues that they raise. The aim is to understand the background of linguistics as currently practised, along with how it has come to be situated where it is with respect to related fields. Accounts of language - its structure, origin, functions and use - have been produced since ancient times, across a broad range of cultures. This course surveys those traditions, along with the methodological issues that they raise. The aim is to understand the background of linguistics as currently practised, along with how it has come to be situated where it is with respect to related fields.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Project (50%): This will be a paper of 2500 words on a topic relevant to both the course and the student¿s particular interests. A set of topics will be issued, with students invited (indeed encouraged) to develop their own alternative topic in consultation with the course organizer.«br /»
Final examination (50%): This two-hour exam will cover the entire course, though emphasising the second half. It will include a short answer section and a longer essay section, with, for each section, students offered a selection of questions/topics from which to choose.«br /»
||Following an informal class examination at the end of Week 5, a session will be devoted to issues arising from the results, highlighting particular strengths exhibited, along with misunderstandings or argumentative shortcomings, with an explanation of how to avoid them and attain the best possible results in the subsequent project and final examination.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understanding the background of modern linguistic research
- Deeper perspective on relevant epistemological issues
- Ability to situate theoretical approaches in their historical context
- Appreciation of Latourian and Kuhnian models of history of science
- Contrasting and reconciling a wide range of approaches to language
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof John Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3497
|Course secretary||Miss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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