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GER4015 : A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce students to the study of historical linguistics, with particular emphasis on etymology, using English and German as the languages of analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

Comparative analysis of English and German, from Old English/Old High German to the present day. Topics include: phonological change, orthographical development, semantic change, lexical borrowing from other languages, changes in inflectional morphology, analogical change, syntactic change. This course is taught and assessed in English

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops321:0032:00Mixture of lecture and seminar style In one class
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1641:00164:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML8021A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As this module usually attracts between 15 and 20 students, there is no need to split the group up into separate seminars. A workshop works well for this sort of subject, as one can combine lecture-style teaching with group work and discussion within the same hour. As linguistic analysis and problem solving form a large part of this module, students benefit from the workshop approach.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M3060 minute in-class test
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MMock Exam.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The problem-solving skills practised in the course are best assessed by tests and a formal examination. Most of the questions have specific answers, which are best tested under examination conditions rather than as take-home coursework.

The resit is one 180-minute examination, which incorporates material from the class test and the final exam.

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