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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryOur 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.
Course description 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.

The linguistic data that the course focuses on are sound changes, derivational morphology and word order phenomena, which is why the course includes interactive exercises in LEARN to enable students to brush up their knowledge of phonological features (front / back vowels; voicing, place and manner of articulation), word categories / parts of speech (nouns, verbs, prepositions, demonstrative pronouns etc) and syntactic functions (subject, direct object, indirect object, adverbial).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 167 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (50%)
Exam (50%)

Coursework Deadline: Thursday 12th May, 12 noon
Coursework Page Limit: 11-15 pages not counting references or appendix
Coursework Format: Times New Roman, font 12, double spacing
Coursework Return Date: 3rd June

Exam to be Scheduled: TBC
Exam Return Date: tbc, approximately 3 weeks after exam takes place
Feedback 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 and question hour two or three days before the exam.

Comments provided on submitted assessments
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Early Germanic Dialects2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. gain an understanding of the shared linguistic history of the Germanic languages
  2. gain an understanding of linguistic relatedness and language change
  3. gain an understanding of the linguistic impact of language or dialect contact
Reading List
Robinson, Orrin (1992). Old English and its closest relatives: a survey of the earliest Germanic languages. Stanford Calif.: Stanford University Press
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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