Postgraduate Course: Middle English (LASC11063)
|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||Available to all students
|Summary||This course involves study of aspects of English in the period 1100-1500. Topics will be variably selected from the following: study of selected texts from the early and late Middle English periods; Middle English spelling; major aspects of vowel and consonant phonology; inflectional morphology; aspects of syntax; regional variation in ME scribal texts.
In the first part of the course, we will work with passages of Middle English text in the East Midland dialect and consider aspects of syntax, morphology and pronoun forms. In the second part of the course, we will survey the major changes to the phonology of English in the period c.1000-c.1500 and the major orthographic changes of the Middle English period, and we will look beyond the East Midland dialect to a selection of other Middle English dialects and deal with Middle English dialectology more generally.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students enrolled on the MSc in Medieval Literature and Cultures or any other non-Linguistics & English Language degree programme must check with the Course Organiser before enrolling.
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One extended piece of written work of c. 4,000 words
||Separate meetings with MSc students as a group where they will be talked through the range of topics available to choose from for their item of assessment, clarifying what is expected where needed and answering any questions they might have.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- have a sound understanding of diachronic change and diatopic variation at all levels of language in the Middle English period
- translate and comment on Middle English texts
- progress to independent research on the subject
|Blake, Norman (ed.), 1992. The Cambridge History of the English Language, volume II, 1066:1476. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Linda Van Bergen
Tel: (0131 6)51 1998
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188