Undergraduate Course: English Word-Formation (LASC10007)
|School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
|College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Available to all students
|This course gives students the opportunity to investigate, in the light of current morphological theory, the word-formation processes of Modern English. The approach throughout will be mainly synchronic, with occasional reference to diachrony.
This course gives students the opportunity to investigate, in the light of current morphological theory, the word-formation processes of Modern English. The approach throughout will be mainly synchronic, with occasional reference to diachrony. The first half of the course will survey the major word formation processes of English (as well as some of the minor ones), combining this survey with a thorough discussion of key concepts such as 'morpheme', 'word', productivity' etc. The second half will focus on current morphological theory, and in particular on the architecture of the grammar: how do we model productivity differentials in a formal grammar? Is there a separate morphological module? How does the morphology interact with the syntax and with the phonology?
The course textbook is Ingo Plag, Word Formation in English (CUP 2003). Reference to further reading will be given in class.
Information for Visiting Students
|Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
| On successful completion of the course students will:
- have a robust understanding of the principal word formation processes of the language
- be able to analyse novel forms encountered in texts and corpora
- have an overview of relevant theory debate
- be able to progress to independent research on the subject
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
|Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
|Prof Heinz Giegerich
|Ms Lynne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870