GER4015 : A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon.
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Carol Fehringer
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value:
To introduce students to the study of historical linguistics, with particular emphasis on etymology, using English and German as the languages of analysis.
Outline Of Syllabus
Comparative analysis of English and German, from Old English/Old High German to the present day. Topics include: phonological change, orthographical development, semantic change, lexical borrowing from other languages, changes in inflectional morphology, analogical change, syntactic change. This course is taught and assessed in English
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||32||1:00||32:00||Mixture of lecture and seminar style
In one class|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||164||1:00||164:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SML8021||A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
As this module usually attracts between 15 and 20 students, there is no need to split the group up into separate seminars. A workshop works well for this sort of subject, as one can combine lecture-style teaching with group work and discussion within the same hour. As linguistic analysis and problem solving form a large part of this module, students benefit from the workshop approach.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|SML8021||A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon.||2||N/A|
|Written exercise||2||M||30||60 minute in-class test|
|Written exercise||2||M||Mock Exam.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The problem-solving skills practised in the course are best assessed by tests and a formal examination. Most of the questions have specific answers, which are best tested under examination conditions rather than as take-home coursework.