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Undergraduate Course: Historical Phonology (LASC10046)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course combines a consideration of some classic and contemporary issues in historical phonology with an investigation into some notable changes that have occurred in the history of English and other languages.
Course description How does Phonology change? Why does it change? How can we reconstruct past stages of English and other languages? This course considers some of the key phenomena that can be discussed in connection with the phonological history of English and other languages; it also considers many of the general linguistic points that we need to take into account when we try to understand phonological change. Many of the changes and types of changes that we will investigate will come from periods in the history of the English, from its 'prehistory', and from the variation that can be observed in present-day varieties, but we will also consider changes from other languages as we attempt to understand how and in what way the phonology of a language can change. We will also investigate how our knowledge of the patterns of change in phonology fits in with general models of phonological theory.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017) AND ( LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019) OR LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages (LASC08021))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above . We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment for this course will be 100% coursework.
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Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
* explain the issues involved in the investigation of phonological change
* analyse key phenomena in the history of the phonology of English and other languages using the fundamental tools of phonological theory
* investigate how general issues in (i) historical linguistic theory and (ii) phonological theory hold-up when confronted with a detailed investigation of data from the history of English phonology
* progress onto the study of current live research questions in historical English phonology and in general language-universal historical phonology
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Course organiserDr Patrick Honeybone
Tel: (0131 6)51 1838
Course secretaryMs Lynne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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