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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Language Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Scots and Scottish English (MSc) (LASC11106)

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
SummaryThis course provides an account of the structure of Modern Scots dialects and Scottish English by examining variation in phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis from diachronic, synchronic and geographical perspectives.
Course description The course will thus combine dialectological, sociolinguistic and formal linguistic issues, and aims to introduce students to research results and methodology in these areas.

It will primarily be concerned with:

- discussion of the issues involved in the definition of Scots and Scottish English
- analysis of the historical development and key linguistic features of Scots and Scottish English
- investigation of geographical and social variation in Scotland
- description of resources available for the analysis of Scots and Scottish English
- critical examination of previous research on these varieties
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial 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) Assignment 1 50%
Assignment 2 50%
Feedback Pre- and post-assignment briefing meetings, detailed comments on assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. explain the issues involved in the definition of Scots and Scottish English
  2. use key resources and primary linguistic literature for the analysis of features found in the varieties concerned
  3. understand current issues in variation and change in Scots and Scottish English
  4. conduct their own research into the varieties spoken in Scotland, if they so choose
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will understand the relationship, historical and modern, between Scots and English Scotland, and how they vary. This is fundamental for anyone working in Scotland, within education, the media etc. The students will also be given the opportunity to hone their writing and argument skills.
KeywordsScots,Scottish English,Scottish standard English,Scotland
Contacts
Course organiserDr Warren Maguire
Tel:
Email: W.Maguire@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
Email: Toni.noble@ed.ac.uk
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