Undergraduate Course: Early Germanic Dialects (LASC10080)
|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||The course offers a comparative survey of the early Germanic languages: Gothic (East Germanic), Old Norse (North Germanic), Old Saxon, Old English, Old Frisian, Old Low Franconian and Old High German (West-Germanic), in the context of the historical background of the Germanic tribes and the Migration Period. The course builds on knowledge of basic concepts of phonology, morphology and syntax, and comes with a package of interactive exercises on LEARN by means of which students can refresh this knowledge.
This course explores the prehistory of English, as part of its shared linguistic history with the other early Germanic languages. We will look at proto-Germanic, the reconstructed earliest shared ancestor, and see how each of the early Germanic languages has gone its own way.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 English Language/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
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| an understanding of: the shared linguistic history of the Germanic language, linguistic relatedness and language change, and the linguistic impact of language or dialect contact
|Bremmer, Rolf H. 2009). An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary. Amsterdam: Benjamins.|
Hogg, Richard (2002). Dutch dialects and Stammbaum Theory. In: Of Dyuersitie & Chaunge of Langage, edited by Katja lenz and Ruth Möhlig, 212-223, C. Winter: Heidelberg.
König, Ekkehard & Johan van der Auwera (eds.). (1994). The Germanic Languages. London: Routledge.
McWhorter, John H. (2002). What happened to English? Diachronica 19:2, 217-272.
Robinson, Orrin (1992). Old English and its closest relatives: a survey of the earliest Germanic languages. Stanford Calif.: Stanford University Press
Wright, Joseph (1954). Grammar of the Gothic Language, 2nd edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Ringe, Don (2006). A Linguistic History of English. Vol.1: From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic. New York: Oxford University Press.
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||Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
|Course organiser||Prof Bettelou Los
Tel: (0131 6)51 1842
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870