INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
2014-2015

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 327 Historical Linguistics Undergraduate 3 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
5 0

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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COURSE OBJECTIVE
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

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Language and the English language
  3. Letters and sounds of English
  4. The Old English
  5. From Old to Middle English
  6. Middle English
  7. Early Modern English
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Modern English
  10. English around the world
  11. Language changes: linguistic and semantic
  12. Language changes: morphological
  13. Language changes: syntactic
  14. Project
  15. Project

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    • Demonstration
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Project10
    Midterm Exam(s)30
    Final Exam150
    +attendance and participation110
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • 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.
    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) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0