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Module

GER4015 : A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon.

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carol Fehringer
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To introduce students to the study of historical linguistics, with particular emphasis on etymology, using English and German as the languages of analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

Comparative analysis of English and German, from Old English/Old High German to the present day. Topics include: phonological change, orthographical development, semantic change, lexical borrowing from other languages, changes in inflectional morphology, analogical change, syntactic change. This course is taught and assessed in English

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00Including pre- and post-lecture reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion181:0018:00Structured guided reading and exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML8021A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In the seminars we will combine lecture-style teaching with group work. As linguistic analysis and problem solving form a large part of this module, students benefit from the workshop approach. They will be asked to prepare material that is stored online and we will discuss this in the synchronous sessions.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SML8021A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon.1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Should be a total of max. 2000-25000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MA shorter practice exercise based on final larger piece of coursework.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative piece of coursework: students will be asked to choose one of the topics dealt with in the module and delve more deeply into it (e.g. in the form of a case study, linguistic analysis, or essay, depending on the topic).

Reading Lists

Timetable