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ATS2673

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Prof Kate Burridge

Notes

Previously coded LIN2190

Synopsis

This unit will survey the history of English (origins, development, diversification, recent convergence, etc; including the origins and development of the key features which distinguish the main varieties of the language), and the relevant basic aspects of theoretical historical linguistics and philology. It will also deal with the main sociolinguistic facts and issues associated with the statuses and functions of the English language as it exists today and of the key varieties of English in the various societies in which they are used.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major structural changes in the history of English.
  2. Identify the sociohistorical context for these changes.
  3. Discuss the effects of language contact on English.
  4. Analyse language data with respect to the evolution of sounds, vocabulary and grammar.
  5. Explain the major processes of language standardization, focusing on the development of Standard English.
  6. Illustrate the effects of globalization and e-communication on current-day English.

Assessment

Written work: 70%
Exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (2 x 1 hour seminars) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

Two gateway units in Linguistics

Prohibitions