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How do we get from Chaucer to Twitter? From Beowulf to Beyoncé? This course will look at the development of English over the last millennium and beyond, examining language changes in sound, structure and meaning. Students will also be introduced to present-day sociolinguistic study, and how it can contribute to our understanding of language in the modern world and in the past.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
This course will introduce students to the study of historical and current language change by looking at developments in English from before the Norman conquest to the present day. We will examine language changes in sound, structure and meaning. Students will also learn about modern methods of sociolinguistic study that grew from work in the twentieth century, and how these contribute to our understanding of language in the modern world and in the past.
By the end of this course students will:
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
2x online test 25% each
Tutorial Assessment Mark 20%
There are no assessments for this course.
|Students will understand the techniques used in investigation of historical language change.
|Students will understand the techniques used in investigation of modern language variation
|Students will understand the important structural changes English has undergone in the last millennium.
|Students will be able to conduct a simple analysis of historical English data
|Students will be able to conduct simple analysis of synchronic sociolinguistic English data.