Module Catalogue 2024/25

SEL2223 : Speakers as Wordsmiths: the creation of new words in present-day English (Inactive)

SEL2223 : Speakers as Wordsmiths: the creation of new words in present-day English (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr William van der Wurff
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
SEL1027Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Phonetics, Phonology & Morphology
Pre Requisite Comment

For incoming exchange students: basic introductions to grammar and phonetics.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



1. Exploring the formation and diffusion of new words in English, using modern digital tools
2. Exploring relevant concepts and topics in lexicology, morphology, corpus linguistics and linguistic data collection

Outline Of Syllabus

The themes to be covered in the lectures (further discussed/applied in the small group classes) will include: data and methods of data collection, the structure of different types of new words, the issue of morphological productivity, issues in measuring lexical frequency, new lexis in recent English, and theoretical issues involved in the study of these topics.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students that have successfully completed this module:

1. have gained knowledge of the scope and nature of lexical innovation in present-day English;
2. understand the problems arising in collecting data on lexical innovation;
3. have gained knowledge of lexicological and morphological concepts that are needed to analyse lexical innovation.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students that have successfully completed this module:

1. are able to identify and analyse cases of lexical innovation in English;
2. are able to use with facility relevant lexicological and morphological concepts;
3. are able to deal independently with technical literature on the subject;
4. are able to collect independently data for a specific type or category of new words
5. are able to write clearly and concisely about the data so collected and the light they shed on a specific issue in the analysis of new words.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Illustrating key issues in word formation, data collection and data analysis
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion168:0068:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading199:0099:00Reading/preparation of material for weekly lectures and small group teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Group sessions discussing lecture materials and practising with data
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8204Lexical Innovation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce and illustrate the use of data and the methods and concepts needed for their systematic collection and analysis. The small group teaching is intended to give the student the opportunity to consolidate understanding of issues raised in reading and in lectures. Students will devote the rest of the time to preparation of material covered in the various weeks and to preparation for the assessments (a mid-module assignment and a final essay for which students plan, carry out and write up data collection plus analysis).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination501M35Testing knowledge and understanding of methods and concepts of new-word analysis
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A65Final essay, testing ability to collect and analyse data for the purpose of answering a research question (2500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-class test assesses the student’s acquisition of knowledge and ability to apply it to selected data. The final essay gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out an independent investigation in the field of lexical innovation.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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