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Semester 2

LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019)


Language Sciences and Linguistics





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Visiting students should have passed at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Relevant courses will be courses in Linguistics as an academic discipline. Courses that describe aspects of a given language as part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree will typically not provide students with an adequate background.

Course Summary

This course provides students with a detailed introduction to variation in English over time and across geographical space.

Course Description

This course deals with aspects of the historical development of English and Scots, from their origins up to and including their present-day varieties. Students will explore the languages of early Britain, and examine the social and structural development of English and Scots through to the 21st century, including the spread of English across the world. Students will also be introduced to more general principles of historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics as they apply to varieties of English.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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Related Courses

LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods LEL2D: Cross-linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories


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