Undergraduate Course: Historical Linguistics (LASC10021)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Detailed introduction to descriptive and theoretical aspects of historical linguistics, covering phonetic, phonological, morphological and syntactic change with in-depth consideration of data from English and a diverse range of other languages and language families.
This course introduces the type of changes that a language may undergo, at all levels of linguistic structure, and the theoretical frameworks that are available to discuss them. The course also looks at sociolinguistic influences on language change and the consequences of language contact including language convergence, creolisation and language death.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||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
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assignment 1: 30%
Assignment 2: 55%
Course exercises: 15%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recognise and describe common types of linguistic change in different domains;
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to current theories of language change;
- Accurately describe and analyse primary diachronic data;
- Apply their understanding of theoretical issues in analysing data;
- Proceed to independent study and research in historical linguistics.
|Campbell, L. (2004, 2013). Historical Linguistics: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2nd or 3rd edition.|
McMahon, A. (1994). Understanding Language Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ringe, D, & J. F. Eska (2013). Historical linguistics: Towards a twenty-first century reintegration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Trask, R.L. (2009). Why Do Languages Change? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
|Keywords||Historical linguistics; language change.
|Course organiser||Prof John Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3497
|Course secretary||Miss Chloe Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870