The History of the English Language

Summary

Admission requirements

Basic eligibility for university studies and the higher education course English I, 30 credits (en101E/A).

Syllabus

Syllabus for students autumn 2018, autumn 2017

Course Code:
EN237L revision 1.1
Level of specialisation
G1F
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
12 November 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2015
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
12 November 2013

Entry requirements

Basic eligibility for university studies and the higher education course English I, 30 credits (en101E/A).

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included as a part of a general degree at undergraduate level.

Purpose

This course aims to provide an overview of the development of the English language, with reference to history and to literature, and to consider the implications of the current situation where English has become a global language.

Contents

Part history, part human geography and part linguistic analysis, the course explores and explains varieties of English at different times and in different locations. Starting in the fifth century with the migration of Germanic tribes to Britain, the course will take a largely chronological approach to the study of the English language, combining linguistic, literary, and historical perspectives.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
After completing this course, the student will be able to

1. account for and describe changes in the development of the English language in England, linguistically and historically
2. relate relevant historical, political, and social developments to the emergence of English as a global lingua franca

Competence and skills:
After completing this course, the student will be able to

3. identify linguistic and textual features in works of literature in order to establish the historical and sociocultural context of the text
4. analyse texts for evidence of syntactic and semantic change

Judgement and approach:
After completing this course, the student will be able to

5. critically analyse and evaluate local and global implications of the emergence of English as a lingua franca

Learning activities

The learning activities will include lectures, seminars, and self-study exercises.

Assessments

Assessment will be in two parts:
1) A written examination on the development of the English language, in relation to its history within Britain and its subsequent global spread (4 credits)
2) A portfolio of exercises involving the topic of language change, -phonetic, syntactic or semantic. (3.5 credits)
Assessment 1 focuses on learning outcomes 1-3, assessment 2 on learning outcome 4.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials


Ishtla Singh: The History of the English Language (Routledge)

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Routledge (31 Mar. 2005)
ISBN-10: 0340806958
ISBN-13: 978-0340806951


Additional material in the form of articles and exercises available online.

Course evaluation

The course is concluded with an individual course evaluation focusing on the goals of the course. The evaluations are summarized and made available to the students at the completion of the course.

Interim rules

In a case when a course is no longer given, or the contents have been changed essentially, the student has the right to two opportunities during a one year period to be examined according to the course plan which was valid at the time of registration. The exam opportunities are set by the department and it is the student’s responsibility to contact the department to find out how and when re-examination will take place.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Language and Linguistics.

Further information

Philip Clover, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-66 57361

Application

06 November 2017 - 14 January 2018 Day-time 50% Malmö Schedule This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 11000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 11000 SEK

03 September 2018 - 11 November 2018 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program