Undergraduate Course: Historical Linguistics (LASC10021)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||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. The course also looks at sociolinguistic influences on language change and the consequences of language contact including language convergence, creolisation and language death.
This course introduces the type of changes that a language may undergo, on every level of linguistic description: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse, and the theoretical frameworks that are available to discuss them. We also look at language birth and language death.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One take-home written exercise (50%)
Two hour written examination (50%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Historical Linguistics||2:00|
| To know, describe and recognise common types of linguistic change; to understand issues relating to current theories of language change; to accurately describe and analyse primary data; to reason critically; to identify and solve problems; to independently formulate and test hypotheses.
|Campbell, L. (2004, 2013). Historical Linguistics: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2nd or 3rd edition.|
Kroch, A.S. (1989). Reflexes of grammar in patterns of language change. Language Variation and Change 1, 199-244.
McMahon, A. (1994). Understanding Language Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Thomason, S. G. (2001). Language Contact: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
|Keywords||Historical linguistics; language change.
|Course organiser||Prof Bettelou Los
Tel: (0131 6)51 1842
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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