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Module

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

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr William van der Wurff
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Introducing key issues in word formation, data collection and data analysis
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion154:0054:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading161:0061:00Reading/preparation of material for weekly lectures and small group teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous group sessions discussng lecture materials and practicing with data
Guided Independent StudySkills practice124:0024:00Practicing data searches and analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Synchronous group sessions picking up on issues/questions identified in the small group sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8204Lexical Innovation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce 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, to preparation for the mid-term assignment and to planning, carrying out and writing up the final data collection plus analysis assignment.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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 the concepts covered in the teaching (equivalent to 1500 words)
Essay2A65Final essay, testing ability to collect and analyse data for the purpose of answering a research question (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 essay gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out an independent investigation in the field of lexical innovation.

Reading Lists

Timetable