Postgraduate Course: History of Scots (LASC11130)
|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||The course will study the emergence, structure and status of Scots from its earliest beginnings to c.1900.
For each major stage in the language¿s development, the course will: (i) survey the socio-historical context; (ii) identify the major structural changes; (iii) consider theories of linguistic change. Students will additionally learn to read and analyse selected Older and early Modern Scots texts and to interpret Scottish place-names and other commonly-used Scottish terms. As the course progresses, there will be opportunity for some small-group discussions and interactive analyses of Older Scots texts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Comment on linguistic features of texts from Early, early Middle, late Middle and early Modern Scots
- Describe diachronic developments at all levels of language in the history of Scots
- Identify key figures and events in the history of the Scots language and explain their impact
- Summarise and critically evaluate arguments concerning the status of Older Scots
- Interpret Scottish place-names and other commonly-used Scottish terms
|Corbett, J., J.D. McClure & J. Stuart-Smith (eds.) 2003. The Edinburgh companion to Scots. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.|
Devitt, A. 1989. Standardising written English: Diffusion in the case of Scotland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dossena, M. 2005. Scotticisms in grammar and vocabulary. Edinburgh: John Donald.
Görlach, M. 2002. A Textual History of Scots. Heidelberg: C. Winter.
Jones, C. (ed.) 1997. The Edinburgh history of the Scots language. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Kay, B. 1988. Scots: The mither tongue. London: Grafton.
Macafee, C. & A.J. Aitken. 2002. A history of Scots to 1700. In W. Craigie et al. (eds.), A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, vol. XII. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Online at: www.dsl.ac.uk/about-scots/history-of-scots/]
McClure, J.D. 1988. Why Scots Matters. Edinburgh: Saltire Society.
Murison, D. 1979. The historical background. In A.J. Aitken & T. McArthur (eds.), Languages of Scotland, 2:13. Edinburgh: Chambers.
Robinson, C. & R. Ó Maolalaigh. 2007. The several tongues of a single kingdom: the languages of Scotland, 1314:1707. In T.O. Clancy & M. Pittock (eds.), The Edinburgh history of Scottish literature, vol. 1, 153:63. Edinburgh: EUP.
Smith, J. 2013. Oder Scots: A linguistic reader. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
Timeline of the Scots Language AD 550-1700, Scots Language Centre. Available at: http://media.scotslanguage.com/library/document/Scots%20Timeline%20Pre-1700.pdf
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Rhona Alcorn
Tel: (0131 6)50 6660
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188