Undergraduate Course: Historical Phonology (LASC10046)
|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||This course combines a consideration of some classic and contemporary issues in historical phonology with an investigation into some notable changes that have occurred in the history of English and other languages.
How does Phonology change? Why does it change? How can we reconstruct past stages of English and other languages? This course considers some of the key phenomena that can be discussed in connection with the phonological history of English and other languages; it also considers many of the general linguistic points that we need to take into account when we try to understand phonological change. Many of the changes and types of changes that we will investigate will come from periods in the history of the English, from its 'prehistory', and from the variation that can be observed in present-day varieties, but we will also consider changes from other languages as we attempt to understand how and in what way the phonology of a language can change. We will also investigate how our knowledge of the patterns of change in phonology fits in with general models of phonological theory.
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 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The assessment for this course will be 100% coursework.
|No Exam Information
| On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
* explain the issues involved in the investigation of phonological change
* analyse key phenomena in the history of the phonology of English and other languages using the fundamental tools of phonological theory
* investigate how general issues in (i) historical linguistic theory and (ii) phonological theory hold-up when confronted with a detailed investigation of data from the history of English phonology
* progress onto the study of current live research questions in historical English phonology and in general language-universal historical phonology
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Patrick Honeybone
Tel: (0131 6)51 1838
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870