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ENG4101 – Scotland's Languages Today

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Course content

This course is a case study of the present situation of Scotland’s three main languages (Scottish English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic), carried out in terms of relevant fields within sociolinguistics (bilingualism, language contact phenomena, minority languages, language planning), and focusing particularly on the domains of literature and education.

Learning outcome

The student should acquire detailed knowledge of the current position of Scotland’s main languages and develop insight into several areas of sociolinguistics relevant to individual and societal multilingualism.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

The student has to be accepted to the master programme in either language or LAP.

Recommended previous knowledge

This course presupposes a good proficiency in written and spoken English. It would be useful if students have done ENG2159 – Accents of English in the British Isles and/or an English language history course.


There will be a two-hour seminar per week throughout the semester, 28 hours in all. Students are expected to participate by contributing to discussions in class, handing in written work and presenting topics orally. 80% attendence is required. All teaching and examinations are in English. Halfway through the semester there are two weeks with no teaching to allow time for independent study and writing papers. It may be possible to arrange a study trip to Scotland in connection with this course.


The student is required to make one oral presentation at a seminar and to hand in one written paper of an acceptable standard by a stated deadline during the semester. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given. The grade will be based on a 3-day take home exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The result will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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Autumn 2007

Autumn 2006


Autumn 2007

Autumn 2006

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