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Module Code: LNG307
Module Title: Historical Linguistics
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Department of Applied Linguistics
Pre-requisites: ENG103 OR LNG103
To engage students with a range of endogenous and exogenous changes. To provide students with the skills needed to analyze data sets from a range of languages, including (but not limited to) English, Latin, and Chinese.
To teach students about changes in phonology, morphology and syntax.
To engage students with language change theories and principles.

The module builds on skills gained in ENG103, and allows students to take a new diachronic perspective to other areas of linguistics covered on the programme (including Syntax, Language and Mind, and Sounds of English).
Learning outcomes 
A Demonstration through essay writing and research of their understanding of principles of semantic change, syntactic change, and morphophonological change.

B Evaluation of theories in language change through essay writing and presentation

C Presentation of their own arguments through a poster presentation and written essay.

D Create their own research project and design a research poster.

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (Lectures and Tutorials/workshops).
Topics will typically include the following:

1. Introduction: Philology and linguistic reconstruction (Indo-European)

2. Semantic change 1: Principles (cross-linguistic)

3. Semantic change 2: theoretical perspectives (traditional philological, cognitive diachronic) (cross-linguistic examples, including English, Polish, and Chinese).

4. Using the Historical Thesaurus of English in diachronic semantic research (English)

5. Syntactic change 1: Word order change (Old to Middle English)

6. Grammaticalization (examples from modal verbs in English, negation, and Chinese ‘-men’ 們)

7. Phonological Change 1: phonologically conditioned ‘sound laws’ (e.g. Old English palataliza-tion, High Vowel Deletion)
8. Phonological change 2: Unconditioned sound changes, e.g. chain shifts. Analysing the Great Vowel Shift)

9. Phonological change 3 morphological conditioning. (e.g. Latin Rhotacism)

10. The Neogrammarian controversy and lexical diffusion (examples from History of English and tones in Chao-Zhou Chinese.)

11. Exogenous change: Language contact and social influences

12. Change in progress: The use of corpora in analysing modern language change

13. Student Research Project: Poster Session

13. Revision

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Research Project 30.00
2 Coursework Assignment 2 70.00

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