SEL8204 : Lexical Innovation

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

There will be two lectures and one seminar per week. The themes to be covered in the lectures (further discussed/applied in the seminars) will include: data and methods of data collection, the analysis of morphological productivity, issues in measuring lexical frequency, and theoretical issues involved in the study of these topics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading184:0084:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL2223Speakers as Wordsmiths: the creation of new words in present-day English
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce data and the methods and concepts needed for their systematic collection and analysis. Seminars give 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
Essay2A80Final paper. 4,000 words
Written exercise2M10in-class test; ca. 500 words
Written exercise2M10in-class test; ca. 500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two in-class tests assess 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