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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Language Sciences

Undergraduate Course: LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides students with a detailed introduction to variation in English over time and across geographical space.
Course description The course takes a narrative approach to the history of the language, beginning with the 'pre-historical' period and the languages of early Britain, and ending with the spread of English across the world, and its status as the global language of the twenty-first century. Throughout, changes associated with the external history of the language are discussed in tandem with systemic changes affecting the phonology, morphology and syntax of different varieties of English. Students will be introduced to principles of historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics as they apply to varieties of English. They will also become familiar with the basic structural characteristics of the main periods of English in Britain (Old, Middle and Modern English), and with the formal and functional characteristics of some new Englishes (e.g. those in Africa and India). The development of English and Scots in Scotland is a further notable feature of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022) AND Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Relevant courses will be courses in Linguistics as an academic discipline. Courses that describe aspects of a given language as part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree will typically not provide students with an adequate background.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 45 %, Coursework 55 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 essay of 2,000 words (50%)
Course Exercises (5%)
1 written exam (45%)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)LEL2C2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)LEL2C2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe some of the features of earlier English and describe some of the features of global varieties of contemporary English.
  2. Discuss the function of English in different communities at different points in time
  3. Understand some of the basic principles of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology
  4. Apply some of these principles in order to analyse data from varieties of English.
  5. Analyse texts (written and spoken) from different periods of English and analyse texts (written and spoken) produced by users of English in communities across the modern World.
Reading List
Baugh, Albert C and Thomas Cable (2005) A history of the English language [e-book]. Fifth edition. London : Taylor & Francis e-Library.

Hogg, R. M., & Denison, D. (Eds.). (2006). A history of the English language. [e-book] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mugglestone, Lynda ed. (2012) The Oxford History of English. [e-book] Oxford: OUP

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Course organiserDr Warren Maguire
Course secretaryMs Susan Hermiston
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