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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Morphology (LASC11120)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course will introduce postgraduate students with little or no knowledge of linguistic morphology to the study of this subdiscipline of formal linguistics. It will be similar to the way the topic is presented elsewhere in LEL's curricula; but (appropriate to postgraduate study) it will progress rapidly and reach a fairly high level of attainment within comparatively few contact hours. In line with the mainstream of successful research in past decades, the course will have a focus on linguistic form (rather than meaning), but will otherwise seek to be fairly theory-neutral. It will draw on English where possible but will, for example in addressing typological issues, also use other languages for exemplification (eg Turkish, Latin, German).

Topics to be covered: Discussion of basic concepts: word, morpheme, lexeme. Inflection vs. derivation. A survey of the derivational morphology of English. Headedness. The Unitary Base Hypothesis. Rival morphological processes and 'blocking'. The mental lexicon, lexical accessing and 'productivity'. Compounding in English and the Lexical Integrity Principle. The lexicon-syntax 'continuum' and its problems. Interactions between morphology, syntax and phonology.

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Course description Example of topics covered:
- Trying to define the word. Listedness. Morphological complexity.
- The morpheme and the problems of constraining allomorphy. Lexemes and word forms.
- Inflection, paradigm and inflectional typology.
- Derivation and the problems of the inflection/derivation distinction.
- Survey of the derivational morphology of English. Headedness. Unitary Base Hypothesis.
- The mental lexicon: lexical accessing, morphological productivity.
- 'Rival' processes: why do they exist, how do they interact? Listedness. Synonymy blocking.
- Compounds, phrases and the 'lexical integrity principle'.
- Modularizing the lexicon. The nature of grammatical modules.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking English Word-Formation (LASC11092) AND English Word-Formation (S2) (LASC11131) AND Introduction to Morphology (S2) (LASC11132)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2 hour exam 100%

Exam to be Scheduled:
Exam Return Date: tbc, approximately 3 weeks after exam takes place
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Introduction to Morphology2:00
Learning Outcomes
The course will enable students to understand the basics of the morphology of English, of morphological theorising, and of the modularization of the grammar. At the end of the course students will be ready to take more advanced option course(s) on the subject; high-performing students may be able to engage in relevant dissertation work.
Reading List
Bauer, L. A glossary of morphology. Edinburgh 2004.
Bauer, L. Introduction to linguistic morphology. 2nd edn. Edinburgh 2003.
Booij, G. The grammar of words. 2nd edn.Oxford 2007.
Carstairs-McCarthy, A. An introduction to English morphology. Edinburgh 2002.
Don, J. English morphology. Edinburgh (to appear).
Fabregas, A. & S. Scalise, Morphology. Edinburgh 2012.
Lieber, R. & P. ┐tekauer, Handbook of word-formation. Dordrecht 2006.
Marchand, H. The categories and types of Present-day English word-formation. Munich 1969.
Plag, I. Word-formation in English. Cambridge 2002.
Spencer, A. & A. Zwicky (eds.), The handbook of morphology. Oxford 1998.
Additional Information
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Course organiserProf Heinz Giegerich
Tel: (0131 6)50 3595
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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