History of English II - LAN00001I
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- Department: Language and Linguistic Science
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eleanor Rye
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
Building on History of English I, this module will give you a deeper understanding of the development of the English language from the Old English period to the present day.
Module will run
||Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20
During the module, you will:
- explore, in-depth, scholarly literature on the historical developments which have shaped the English language.
- consider these developments within a framework of ideas about the causation and progress of linguistic change.
- carefully consider the social context of these changes.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module you should:
- understand some of the major linguistic events in the history of the English language, and the social context in which they are embedded.
- be able to read a scholarly article on the history of English and understand the key points of the article.
- be able to write a piece in appropriate academic prose reviewing and discussing the findings of a scholarly article on the history of English.
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History of English II
Special assessment rules
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Reassessment: History of English II
Formative assessment and feedback
- Formative exercises will be done individually or in groups throughout the module. Oral feedback on these exercises will be provided during class discussions.
- Written feedback on a 750-word formative essay will be provided by the end of the Spring term.
Summative assessment and feedback
- Students will be given written comments on their essay and a mark within four weeks of submission.
- Students will have the opportunity to view their exam script, under supervision, at the end of the summer term.
Barber, C., Beal, J., & Shaw, P. (2009). The English language: a historical introduction. (2nd ed.). Cambridge: CUP.
Baugh, A. C., & Cable, T. (2002). A history of the English language (5th ed.). London: Routledge.
Brinton, L., & Arnovick, L. (2011). The English language: a linguistic history. (2nd ed.). Oxford: OUP.
Crystal, D. (2004). The stories of English. Penguin.
Mugglestone, L. (2012). The Oxford history of English. (Rev. ed.). Oxford: OUP.
Smith, J. (1996). An historical study of English: function, form and change. London: Routledge.
van Kemenade, A., & Los, B. (Eds.) (2006). The handbook of the history of English. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
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