Postgraduate Course: Diachronic Linguistics (LASC11010)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Detailed introduction to descriptive and theoretical aspects of historical linguistics, covering phonetic, phonological, morphological and syntactic change from a crosslinguistic perspective.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- describe and recognise common types of linguistic change
- accurately describe and analyse primary data
- show a systematic knowledge and understanding of current developments in the field
- identify and solve problems; to independently formulate and test hypotheses
- evaluate competing theoretical interpretations of primary data and critically evaluate advanced scholarship in diachronic linguistics
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|Course organiser||Prof Bettelou Los
Tel: (0131 6)51 1842
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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