A BA course in English linguistics and in historical linguistics.
In this course, we discuss language change in the history of the English language. Focusing on several case studies exemplifying syntactic, morphological and semantic change, we examine which processes of change are at work, including reanalysis, analogy and grammaticalization. We will also pay attention to a number of approaches and perspectives in the field of (English) historical linguistics, as well as to the corpus method, with some hands-on exercises.
The course aims to familiarize students with
a number of key syntactic, morphological and semantic changes that took place in the history of the English language
some important descriptive methods and theoretical approaches used in the field of (English) historical linguistics the use of historical corpora
By the end of the course, students will be able to
identify syntactic, morphological and semantic changes in the history of the English language
recognize processes that are at work in linguistic change
assess different descriptive methods and theoretical approaches used in the field of (English) historical linguistics
draw appropriate conclusions from linguistic evidence of linguistic change as found in historical texts and corpora
critically assess primary research literature
construct an argument and present research findings with bearing on a topic in historical linguistics
For students in the MA-education programme, the knowledge gained in this course about the syntactic, morphological and semantic features of historical varieties of English, as well as the knowledge gained about how changes in the history of English have shaped the language towards its current form, are foundational to instructing English in the Dutch classroom situation.
Mode of instruction
Assessment An in-term oral presentation and an end-of-term written essay.
Oral presentation: 30%
Written essay: 70%
NB A minimum mark of 5.5 is required for the written essay.
The essay must be rewritten if the mark is lower than 5.5. There is no resit for the presentation.
Essay inspection and feedback
How and when an essay review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the course results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the course results, an essay review will be organized.
Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than two seminars means that students will be excluded from the seminars. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared, not participating and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.
Brinton, Laurel (ed.). 2017. English historical linguistics: Approaches and perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A selection of articles/book chapters (to be announced)
Other study materials (course programme, written assignment, etc.) and course-related announcements will be made available in [Brightspace] (https://brightspace.universiteitleiden.nl/)
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