SEL8329 : Diachronic Syntax
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr William van der Wurff
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
• To introduce students to the main syntactic developments in the history of the English language
• To give students a good understanding of mechanisms of syntactic change
• To enable students to critically evaluate diachronic syntactic studies
• To develop students' skills in carrying out independent syntactic analysis of historical texts and in using the analysis to assess the adequacy of theoretical concepts and categories
• To familiarise students with practical and theoretical issues arising in syntactic corpus work
Outline Of Syllabus
The lectures will introduce data and theories of syntactic change in English, and also demonstrate practical work with texts and digital corpora; the seminars will serve to further discuss these materials and practice the analysis of data in texts and corpora.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||104:00||104:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SEL3046||English Grammar through Time|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures will introduce the material involving syntactic change in English and ideas concerning routes and reasons for syntactic change. In the seminars, this material will be further discussed and practiced using textual specimens and digital text corpora.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The first essay will test students' ability to synthesise data and views on one specific syntactic change. The second essay will test their ability to produce a small-scale independent study of one change.