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Undergraduate Course: History of Linguistics (LASC10096)

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
SummaryThe history of enquiry into language as practised within the discipline of linguistics, with due attention to relevant epistemological and methodological issues.
Course description Linguistics as an institutionalised discipline can look back on a history of around two hundred years. In this relatively short time span the discipline has played host to a variety of conceptions of human language and different approaches to its study. This course surveys key ideas that have shaped linguistics as a discipline and the debates surrounding them. The aim is to understand the background of linguistics as currently practised, along with how it has come to be situated where it is with respect to related sciences. The course is structured around the question of how linguists have responded to the diversity of the world┐s languages.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have 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:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (50%): This will be a take-home exam of 2500 words on a topic relevant to both the course and the student's particular interests. A set of topics will be issued in Week 5, with students welcome to develop their own alternative topic in consultation with the course organizer.

Final examination (50%): This two-hour exam will cover the entire course, though emphasising the second half. It will include a short answer section and a longer essay section, with, for each section, students offered a selection of questions/topics from which to choose.
Feedback Following an informal class examination at the end of Week 5, a session will be devoted to issues arising from the results, highlighting particular strengths exhibited, along with misunderstandings or argumentative shortcomings, with an explanation of how to avoid them and attain the best possible results in the subsequent project and final examination.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understanding the background of modern linguistic research
  2. Deeper perspective on relevant epistemological issues
  3. Ability to situate theoretical approaches in their historical context
  4. Contrasting and reconciling a wide range of approaches to language
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Course organiserProf John Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3497
Course secretaryMs Lynne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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