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Semester 1

Scots and Scottish English (LASC10072)


Language Sciences and Linguistics





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Visiting student must have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. This course cannot be taken alongside LEL2C (LASC08019). **The Language Sciences courses offered at the University of Edinburgh are extremely intensive and visiting students have struggled with these courses in previous years. Students are expected to have a strong background in Linguistics as an academic discipline; courses that are part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree may not provide students with an adequate background**

Course Summary

This course provides an account of the structure of Modern Scots dialects and Scottish English by examining variation in phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis from diachronic, synchronic and geographical perspectives. It will primarily be concerned with: * discussion of the issues involved in the definition of Scots and Scottish English; * analysis of the historical development and key linguistic features of Scots and Scottish English; * investigation of geographical and social variation in Scotland; * description of resources available for the analysis of Scots and Scottish English; * critical examination of previous research on these varieties. The course will thus combine dialectological, sociolinguistic and formal linguistic issues, and aims to introduce students to research results and methodology in these areas.

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Assessment Information

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

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