Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

History of English

Module Q1077

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module provides the groundwork for understanding the shape and status of the English language. The module is divided between the study of the ways in which it has changed since the Old English period, and the study of the social and cultural contexts in which those changes have happened. Special attention is given to the emergence of key dialects and to the relations between English and other languages in the British Isles. Students also gain experience of a range of different varieties of English. History of English I focuses on the Middle English to Modern English periods, exploring the changing phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and lexical semantics of English. This module also explores new Englishes and pidgin/creole varieties.

Module learning outcomes

Deploy basic principles of descriptive and historical linguistics.

Read and translate texts in several varieties of English.

Demonstrate factual knowledge about the changing English language and demonstrate linguistic understanding of those changes.

Demonstrate factual knowledge of key incidents in history that have influenced the changing English language, and knowledge of the changing cultural contexts in which English has been spoken.

TypeTimingWeighting
Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment70.00%
Coursework30.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Problem SetT1 Week 8 100.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

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