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Postgraduate Course: Celtic Linguistics (LASC11153)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course you will become familiar with the history and the grammatical structure of the Celtic languages, both medieval and modern, and with selected topics in linguistic theory of particular interest in the Celtic context.
Course description This course offers a broad introduction to the study of the Celtic languages, past and present. The focus of the course is on the structure of the Celtic languages, but it will also provide some necessary background on their history and the social context of their development in medieval and modern periods. The course covers the history and internal structure of the Celtic subfamily, the social history of the Celtic languages, the most important structural properties of medieval and modern varieties of the Celtic languages, and a range of questions of interest to linguistic theory where Celtic languages furnish valuable material. Student will get the opportunity to work with original textual material in the Celtic languages to gain a deeper understanding of their structure and improve their data analysis skills.

The course assumes no familiarity with any ancient or modern Celtic language.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Language analysis exercise (40%)«br /»
Final examination (60%)
Feedback Language exercises to be provided weekly in anticipation of the midterm
Exam briefing session after the end of teaching.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Celtic Linguistics2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a good understanding of the development of the Celtic languages, with reference to their social context in the history of Britain and Ireland
  2. demonstrate a good understanding of the most important structural properties of the medieval and modern Celtic languages, including the most important differences and similarities among them
  3. analyse short extracts of texts written in a Celtic language, with the aid of reference materials provided, and discuss relevant points of grammatical structure
  4. understand selected issues in linguistic theory for which the Celtic languages are particularly relevant, and discuss Celtic data in relation to these issues
  5. progress to advanced study of Celtic linguistics, including conducting original research on the Celtic languages
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Pavel Iosad
Tel: (0131 6)50 3948
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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