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Postgraduate Course: Language Contact and the History of English (LASC11154)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 study of language contact, and with the role contact has played in the development of English in the British and Irish Isles from the earliest times until the end of the 19th century.
Course description This course familiarizes students with the study of language contact and the role contact has played in the development of English in the British and Irish Isles from the earliest times to the 19th century. It provides some brief historical background and an introduction to historical sociolinguistics, with an emphasis on the study of language contact. Armed with this knowledge, students will be in a position to tackle issues around the role of language contact in shaping the development of English in the British and Irish Isles; topics covered include the earliest contacts of the Germanic languages, 'the Celtic hypothesis' (the early influence of Celtic on Old and Middle English), the impact of contact with French and with North Germanic, both in the Middle English period and later on, and modern 'Celtic Englishes'.
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 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final essay of 3,000 words (100%)
Feedback Essay briefing session after the end of teaching. One-on-one sessions for essay draft feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a good understanding of the mechanisms and theories of language contact, and the methods used to study language contact in the past.
  2. discuss the major controversies around historical language contact in the British and Irish Isles
  3. identify potential contact features in varieties of English
  4. critically evaluate proposals in the scholarly literature relating to the contact origin of linguistic features found in varieties of English and the mechanism of transfer involved in such contacts.
  5. acquire sufficient subject knowledge and study skills to be able to engage with advanced research issues in historical sociolinguistics, including the study of historical language contact
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordslanguage contact,history of english,19th century,germanic,celtic
Course organiserDr Pavel Iosad
Tel: (0131 6)50 3948
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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