Postgraduate Course: History of Scots (LASC11130)
|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||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course examines the emergence, structure and status of Scots from its earliest beginnings to c.1900.
The course will study the emergence, structure and status of Scots from its earliest beginnings to c.1900. For each major stage in the language's development, the course will: (i) survey the socio-historical context; (ii) identify the major structural changes; (iii) consider theories of linguistic change. Students will additionally learn to read and analyse selected Older and early Modern Scots texts and to interpret Scottish place-names and other commonly-used Scottish terms. As the course progresses, there will be opportunity for some small-group discussions and interactive analyses of Older Scots texts.
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.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|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)
||1. A mid-course assignment, chosen from a list provided by the lecturer, to assess knowledge of Older Scots lexis, spelling and grammar: 2,000 words, 50%
2. An end-of-course essay, chosen from a list provided by the lecturer, to assess engagement with the literature on the status of Older Scots: 2,000 words, 50%
||Ongoing feedback to students during lectures and seminars. Advice on assessed coursework throughout the course. Detailed marker comments on assessed coursework. A Q&A session in the final week on essay topics
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- comment on linguistic features of texts from Early, early Middle, late Middle and early Modern Scots
- describe diachronic developments at all levels of language in the history of Scots
- identify key figures and events in the history of the Scots language and explain their impact
- summarise and critically evaluate arguments concerning the status of Older Scots
- interpret Scottish place-names and other commonly-used Scottish terms
|Görlach, M. 2002. A Textual History of Scots. Heidelberg: C. Winter.|
Jones, C. (ed.) 1997. The Edinburgh History of the Scots Language. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Macafee, C. & A.J. Aitken. 2002. A history of Scots to 1700. In W. Craigie et al. (eds.), A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, vol. XII. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Online at: www.dsl.ac.uk/about-scots/history-of-scots/]
McClure, J.D. 1988. Why Scots Matters. Edinburgh: Saltire Society.
Murison, D. 1979. The historical background. In A.J. Aitken & T. McArthur (eds.), Languages of Scotland, 2:13. Edinburgh: Chambers.
Robinson, C. & R. Ó Maolalaigh. 2007. The several tongues of a single kingdom: the languages of Scotland, 1314:1707. In T.O. Clancy & M. Pittock (eds.), The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, vol. 1, 153:63. Edinburgh: EUP.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Benjamin Molineaux Ress
Tel: (0131 6)50 6977
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188