ENG4103 – Historical English Syntax
This course gives an introduction to some of the most important (morpho)syntactic changes in the English language in the period c.1380-1800, i.e. late Middle English and early Modern English. These changes are described, and possible explanatory models are presented; language as a system is vital in this respect.
The corpus linguistic method is used to extract relevant data, which are analysed and collated with traditional accounts of linguistic change in English.
After completing this course you will have:
- gained the ability to account for some of the most important (morpho)syntactic changes in English in the period 1380-1800.
- learned how to date and describe these changes, but also to place them in a larger perspective as part of a linguistic system.
- gained the ability to present possible explanations for the changes in question.
- learned how to extract and analyse relevant data from linguistic corpora of historical English.
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Recommended previous knowledge
Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in total.
Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars, and students are expected to take an active part in class discussions. Additional absences must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator.
Students are required to submit one qualifying paper of 5 standard pages (c.2300 characters per page) at an appointed time. The essay must be approved by the course teachers for the student to be allowed to take the exam.
The exam consists of a term paper of 10 pages (4000 words) on one of the topics investigated in this course.
Students are required to submit the term paper at an appointed time. Beforehand, students will be given an opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.
You submit your paper in Inspera. Read more about submission procedures.
The term paper is the basis for the grade in this course.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.