Undergraduate Course: LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides students with a detailed introduction to variation in English over time and across geographical space.
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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 essay of 2,000 words (50%)
Course Exercises (5%)
1 written exam (45%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||LEL2C||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||LEL2C||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe some of the features of earlier English and describe some of the features of global varieties of contemporary English.
- Discuss the function of English in different communities at different points in time
- Understand some of the basic principles of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology
- Apply some of these principles in order to analyse data from varieties of English.
- 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.
|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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Warren Maguire
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440