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Undergraduate Course: Morphology (LASC10086)

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 provides a cross-linguistic overview of the properties of word structure (inflection, derivation, allomorphy, argument structure, lexical semantics) and discusses their implications for linguistic theory.
Course description The course will provide a detailed overview of the issues involved in the study of complex words, both where it concerns word formation (compounding and derivation) and where it concerns inflectional processes. Topics to be addressed with regard to word formation include the debate on whether complex words always have an internal hierarchical morphemic structure or not, the concept of headedness in morphological structures, the various types of compounds that have been distinguished (root compounds, synthetic compounds, co-compounds etc.), and the workings of forms of word formation such as reduplication and truncation. With respect to inflection, the various classes of inflection that we see cross-linguistically will be discussed, and phenomena such as syncretism, multiple exponence, and agreement will be analysed. The relation of morphology to other components of grammar (syntax, phonology and semantics) will also be discussed. The general outlook will be a formal theoretical one, but no particular conception of morphology will be singled out to the exclusion of discussion of others. A main aim of the course is in fact to show how one can arrive from a particular data set at different possible analyses of these data, which may each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking English Word-Formation (LASC10007)
Students MUST NOT also be taking English Word-Formation (S2) (LASC10097)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/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
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Portfolio worth 100%:

Students will submit exercises and self-reflections after each class, a mid-semester self-evaluation at the mid-semester point, a group project towards the end of the semester, and a final self-evaluation. We want to evaluate: -What we've learned and how we've grown (portfolio: reflections) -How well we've learned the skills (portfolio: exercises) -How we can apply the new knowledge (project). Accordingly, self-assessment will rely on the following: -Portfolio (Learn Journal) with self-reflection and answers to exercises. -Self-evaluations at midterm and end of semester. -Group project. Working in pairs or small groups on the exercises will be permitted (and encouraged). Students give themselves marks at the end of the course, based on their self assessment. The instructor reserves the right to change these.

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be thoroughly familiar with concepts and ideas used in the study of complex words
  2. Be able to apply these concepts and ideas to new and unfamiliar data
  3. Be able to critically evaluate literature that makes use of these concepts and ideas
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Course organiserDr Itamar Kastner
Tel: (0131 6)50 6802
Course secretaryMs Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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