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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Celtic

Undergraduate Course: Gaelic Dialectology (CELT10025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 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
Taught in Gaelic?Yes
SummaryThis course examines the phenomenon of geographically based linguistic variation in Scottish Gaelic, and also gives some attention to the wider question of a pan-Gaelic dialectal area including Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, and to the implications of modern dialectal patterning for the history of Gaelic. The course will consider (1) questions of definition and theoretical approach, including an introduction to dialectology; (2) scholarship on the Gaelic dialects, including the Linguistic Survey of Scotland; (3) questions of denotation (i.e. phonetic and phonemic representation), including practical training; and (4) research methods, including the assessment of data from Survey of the Gaelic dialects of Scotland.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Gaelic 1A (CELT08004) OR Gaelic 1B (CELT08005) AND Gaelic 2A (CELT08006) OR Gaelic 2B (CELT08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry to this course is at the discretion of the Course Organiser and will be arranged on a case by case basis by the Visiting Student Office in consultation with the department.
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 ( Lecture 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) 1. Reading journals (5%)
2. Essay: 3000 words (30%)
3. Recorded presentation 12-15 minutes (20%)
4. Take-home assessment: 7 days to complete (45%)
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a sound understanding of the discipline, concepts and terminology of Gaelic dialect study;
  2. identify the main Gaelic dialect areas in Scotland and explain the reasons for their delineation;
  3. infer a Gaelic speaker's origin based upon key dialectal features;
  4. demonstrate their understanding of the relationship between Scottish, Irish and Manx Gaelic, and the history and development of the Goidelic dialects;
  5. demonstrate competence in transferable skills, e.g. close engagement with texts, critical evaluation of source material, independent reading, coherent and clearly structured writing, oral presentation, group discussion and time management.
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Course organiserDr William Lamb
Tel: (0131 6)50 3624
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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