Undergraduate Course: History of the Scandinavian Languages (ELCS10001)
|School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
|Not available to visiting students
|The course explores the emergence of Scandinavian as a separate branch of Germanic, examines the early sources, sums up the dramatic changes that are significant for the Syncope Period, covers the linguistic consequences of the Viking expansion, and explains the development of the three modern mainland Scandinavian languages; Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.
Through the course, a clear distinction between inner and outer language history is established and there is focus on models that facilitate the understanding of processes behind linguistic change, e.g. how social power structures influence the development of a language. Following the theory behind language contact situations, there is special emphasis on how Scandinavian has influenced the English language as well as how Low German in turn influenced Medieval Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.
The course will provide students with an opportunity to study samples of Scandinavian at various stages, from Proto-Scandinavian to Modern Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. It will be expected that students actively take part in discussions and give short presentations in class.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
| The course aims at explaining how changes in language happen, and how this in particular has resulted in the three modern Scandinavian languages.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|DELC Hist of Scand Lang
|Mr Arne Kruse
Tel: (0131 6)50 4025
|Miss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646