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Synchronic Linguistics: Language History and Language Change

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Anita Auer, Michiel de Vaan

Période de validité: 2015 ->

Horaires du cours (Hebdomadaire)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
2018/2019 : Lundi 13:15-15:00 (Hebdomadaire) Anthropole/5033     Michiel de Vaan

Séminaire

Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre
Hebdomadaire
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 3.00, 4.00

Objectif

Upon completion of the course students should
- have acquired knowledge of the most important ways in which languages, and specifically the English language, change;
- be able to understand and apply the terminology and concepts used in the description of language variation and change;
- be able to compile/collect (diachronic) datasets and use them appropriately in order to shed light on language history, i.e. analyse/interpret data, formulate hypotheses and test them, decide between competing argumentations;
- be able to find a niche (based on existing research) and construct a focused and realistic research question;
- be able to select, adapt (if necessary) and apply an appropriate research method for the specific field in accordance with the ethics guidelines of the department;
- be able to present an academic argument in an informal setting through oral communication using a visual aid (e.g. handout, PowerPoint slides, poster, whiteboard) if appropriate;
- have developed the ability to present their research results both orally and in written form.

Contenu

This course serves as an introduction to the study of language change, also called historical linguistics. You will be introduced to general principles and mechanisms of language change. Data from various languages, but primarily from the English language, will be used to illustrate the main types of change of sound systems, grammar and lexicon. We will also address many theoretical issues such as language contact, the social and psychological backgrounds of language change, the birth and demise of languages, the relation between language variation and language change, and the phenomenon of the 'invisible hand'.

Evaluation

Details regarding evaluation will be discussed in the first class of this course. The information will be provided on Moodle.

Bibliographie

The following course book will be used:

McColl Millar, Robert. 2015. Trask's Historical Linguistics. London and New York: Routledge.

Exigences du cursus d'études

- Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL)
- Development of the English Language (DEL)

Informations supplémentaires

www.unil.ch/angl

UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits
Anglais, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Enseignements complémentaires - BA-ANG-2-1060Optionnel4.00
Anglais, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique - BA-ANG-2-1050Optionnel3.00
A40-ANGL: Attestation 40 ECTS en anglais (2013 ->) - A40-ANGL ›› Linguistique et langue - A40-ANGL-2-30Optionnel3.00
NIV-ANG: Mise à niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Enseignements complémentaires - NIV-ANG-2-1060Optionnel4.00
NIV-ANG: Mise à niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Linguistique - NIV-ANG-2-1050Optionnel3.00
Programme à option "transitoire", 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique et langue - BA-OP-ANGL-TOptionnel3.00
Programme à options, 2ème partie (2013 ->) ›› Linguistique et langue - BA-OP-ANGLOptionnel3.00
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