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Postgraduate Course: Diachronic Linguistics (LASC11010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDetailed introduction to descriptive and theoretical aspects of historical linguistics, covering phonetic, phonological, morphological and syntactic change from a crosslinguistic perspective.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
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 33, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 essay (100%)

Assessment Deadline: Thursday 12th May, 12 noon
Page Limit: 11-15 pages not counting references or appendix
Format: Font 12, double spacing
Return Date: 3rd June
Feedback Two 1:1 sessions, 2-3 weeks prior to assessment deadline, with each student to discuss topic, outline and reading of essay. There will be an opportunity to discuss the pre-final version of the essay with the lecturer prior to submission.

Comments provided on submitted assessments
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe and recognise common types of linguistic change
  2. accurately describe and analyse primary data
  3. show a systematic knowledge and understanding of current developments in the field
  4. identify and solve problems; to independently formulate and test hypotheses
  5. evaluate competing theoretical interpretations of primary data and critically evaluate advanced scholarship in diachronic linguistics
Reading List
Heine, Bernd & Tania Kuteva (2005). Language Contact and Grammatical Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kusters, C.Wouter (2003). Linguistic complexity: The influence of social change on verbal inflection. Utrecht: LOT.

McWorther, John H. (2001a). The world┐s simplest grammars are creole grammars. Linguistic Typology, 5, 125-166.

McWorther, John H. (2001b). The power of Babel: A natural history of language (Chapter 5). Londen: Heinemann.

Nichols, Johanna (1992). Linguistic diversity in time and space. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Trudgill, Peter (2001). Contact and simplification: Historical baggage and directionality in linguistic change. Linguistic Typology, 5, 371-374.

Trudgill, Peter (2010). Contact and Sociolinguistic Typology. In: The Handbook of Linguistic Contact, ed. by Raymond Hickey. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Bettelou Los
Tel: (0131 6)51 1842
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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