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SEL8204 : Lexical Innovation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr William van der Wurff
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


- Exploring the formation and diffusion of new words, mainly in present-day English, using modern digital tools
- Acquainting the student with relevant concepts and topics in lexicology and morphology necessary for understanding lexical innovation
- Developing the student’s critical abilities by examining competing approaches to theoretical issues in lexical innovation
- Preparing the student for carrying out independent research in lexical innovation

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics to be dealt with include data for lexical innovation and methods of analysing it, the structure of lexical items, issues in the study of morphological productivity and measurements of lexical frequency, new lexis in recent English, and theoretical views on these topics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion199:0099:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading168:0068:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL2223Speakers as Wordsmiths: the creation of new words in present-day English
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials introduce data and the methods and concepts needed for their systematic collection and analysis. The small group teaching gives the student the opportunity to consolidate understanding of issues raised in reading and in lectures and to assess the success and compatibility of different types of analysis.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M35Testing knowledge and understanding of methods of new-word analysis. Length approx 1500 words
Essay2A65Final essay, 2500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exercise assesses the student’s acquisition of knowledge and ability to apply it to selected data. The final paper assesses the student’s ability to apply current approaches to a specific problem, to evaluate the adequacy of such approaches through data collected independently, and to write clearly and concisely.

Reading Lists