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ENG4110 – Older English Philology and Literature

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Course content

This is a master's course in English language history. It will be held that observations are not independent of explanatory frameworks: descriptions of events, the things that are to be explained, are themselves the product of theory. Problems and case-studies will be taken from phonology, morphology and syntax. Some recent claims in respect of language contact will also be considered.

Learning outcome

The aims of this course are twofold: first, to examine some of the ways in which languages change, with detailed illustration from English; second, to consider how such changes may be said to be explained.


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This course will be offered as directed reading. Contact the teacher for more information.


The exam form is a term paper, 10 standard pages. A draft is handed in after the two-week break, and commented on. The final version will be handed in by a set date at the end of term.

You submit your paper in Fronter. Read more about submission procedures

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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.

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.

A term paper that has recieved a pass mark, can not be submitted in a revised version.

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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)


Max. 3 students.

Facts about this course






Spring 2016

Directed reading. Contact the teacher for more information about the course.


Spring 2016

Teaching language