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English Historical Linguistics

Course
2020-2021

Admission requirements

A BA course in English linguistics and in historical linguistics.

Description

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.

Course objectives

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.

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Assessment method

Assessment An in-term oral presentation and an end-of-term written essay.

Weighing

  • Oral presentation: 30%

  • Written essay: 70%

NB A minimum mark of 5.5 is required for the written essay.

Resit
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
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.

Reading list

  • 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/)

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact

M.B. Elenbaas L. Fonteyn

Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats: osz-oa-reuvensplaats@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Coordinator of Studies

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