Undergraduate Course: LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides students with a detailed introduction to variation in English over time and across geographical space.
This course deals with aspects of the historical development of English and Scots, from their origins up to and including their present-day varieties. Students will explore the languages of early Britain, and examine the social and structural development of English and Scots through to the 21st century, including the spread of English across the world. Students will also be introduced to more general principles of historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics as they apply to varieties of English.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have completed at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Relevant courses will be courses in Linguistics as an academic discipline. Courses that describe aspects of a given language as part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree will typically not provide students with an adequate background.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Learn Assessment: 10%
Assignment 1: 40%
Assignment 2: 50%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe some of the features of earlier English and describe some of the features of global varieties of contemporary English.
- Discuss the function of English in different communities at different points in time
- Understand some of the basic principles of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology
- Apply some of these principles in order to analyse data from varieties of English.
- Analyse texts (written and spoken) from different periods of English and analyse texts (written and spoken) produced by users of English in communities across the modern World.
|Baugh, Albert C and Thomas Cable (2005) A history of the English language [e-book]. Fifth edition. London : Taylor & Francis e-Library. |
Hogg, R. M., & Denison, D. (Eds.). (2006). A history of the English language. [e-book] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mugglestone, Lynda ed. (2012) The Oxford History of English. [e-book] Oxford: OUP
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Claire Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8392
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440