INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
2017-2018

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 322 Historical Linguistics Undergraduate 3 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 1 + 2 126 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr. assistant prof. Vildana Dubravac Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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ELT 322 offers a historical study of the English language including consideration of Old, Middle, Modern, and American English. We will address the nature and mechanisms of language change over time as well as social, political, and other historical conditions related to such changes. We will also attend to phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and semantics as well as to the literature and culture of the different historical periods. Class activities will involve lecture, discussion, group work. Students will have several homework assignments. Class sections will offer practical exercises in line with the theory surveyed in class.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
This course intends to provide the students the following skills, upon the use of which they will be able to:
• Master major aspects of the history of the English language.
• Develop an overall understanding of language change as it applies to all languages.
• Understand the linguistic consequences of various kinds of cultural contact, from invasion and conquest through trade to immigration and settlement of peoples in a new land.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. introducing the course
  2. Language and the English language
  3. English spelling, sounds and grammar
  4. The Old English
  5. From Old to Middle English
  6. Middle English
  7. Early Modern English
  8. Modern English
  9. English around the world
  10. Language change: linguistic and semantic
  11. Language change: morphological
  12. Language change: syntactic
  13. project
  14. project

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. introducing the course
  2. Language and the English language
  3. English spelling, sounds and grammar
  4. The Old English
  5. From Old to Middle English
  6. Middle English
  7. Early Modern English
  8. Modern English

  1. English around the world
  2. Language change: linguistic and semantic
  3. Language change: morphological
  4. Language change: syntactic
  5. project
  6. project

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)135
Term Paper115
Attendance110
Total: 60
Learning outcomes
  • • a familiarity with major texts and genres of literature throughout the history of English
  • • knowledge of general features of Old, Middle English, Early Modern and Modern English
  • • understanding of the social contexts and mechanisms of language change
  • • awareness of some of the problems in the origin and nature of language
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • Gelderen, E. (2006). A History of the English Language. John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Trask, R.L. (1996). Historical Linguistics. Oxford University Press.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14114
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
Midterm Examination (1 week)133
Final Examination(1 week)133
Preparation for Midterm Examination12020
Preparation for Final Examination14040
Assignment / Homework/ Project11818
Seminar / Presentation 0
Total Workload: 126
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5