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Undergraduate Course: Early Germanic Dialects (LASC10080)

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 course offers a comparative survey of the early Germanic languages: Gothic (East Germanic), Old Norse (North Germanic), Old Saxon, Old English, Old Frisian, Old Low Franconian and Old High German (West-Germanic), in the context of the historical background of the Germanic tribes and the Migration Period. The course builds on knowledge of basic concepts of phonology, morphology and syntax, and comes with a package of interactive exercises on LEARN by means of which students can refresh this knowledge.
Course description This course explores the prehistory of English, as part of its shared linguistic history with the other early Germanic languages. We will look at proto-Germanic, the reconstructed earliest shared ancestor, and see how each of the early Germanic languages has gone its own way.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 English Language/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
an understanding of: the shared linguistic history of the Germanic language, linguistic relatedness and language change, and the linguistic impact of language or dialect contact
Reading List
Bremmer, Rolf H. 2009). An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Hogg, Richard (2002). Dutch dialects and Stammbaum Theory. In: Of Dyuersitie & Chaunge of Langage, edited by Katja lenz and Ruth Möhlig, 212-223, C. Winter: Heidelberg.
König, Ekkehard & Johan van der Auwera (eds.). (1994). The Germanic Languages. London: Routledge.
McWhorter, John H. (2002). What happened to English? Diachronica 19:2, 217-272.
Robinson, Orrin (1992). Old English and its closest relatives: a survey of the earliest Germanic languages. Stanford Calif.: Stanford University Press
Wright, Joseph (1954). Grammar of the Gothic Language, 2nd edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Ringe, Don (2006). A Linguistic History of English. Vol.1: From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic. New York: Oxford University Press.
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Additional Class Delivery Information Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Bettelou Los
Tel: (0131 6)51 1842
Course secretaryMs Lynne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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