Postgraduate Course: Early Germanic Dialects (LASC11116)
|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||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Our 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
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
||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
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Early Germanic Dialects||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- gain an understanding of the shared linguistic history of the Germanic languages
- gain an understanding of linguistic relatedness and language change
- gain an understanding of the linguistic impact of language or dialect contact
|Robinson, Orrin (1992). Old English and its closest relatives: a survey of the earliest Germanic languages. Stanford Calif.: Stanford University Press|
|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
© Copyright 2015 The University of Edinburgh - 18 January 2016 4:15 am