Syllabus for Investigating the Structure of English then and now: From 'elne mycle' to 'with great zeal'

Att undersöka forn- och nuengelskans struktur: från 'elne mycle' till 'with great zeal'

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN165
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-02-03
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2016
  • Entry requirements: English A1 and English B1
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the component students will be able to

  • name and describe important morphological and syntactic features of Old and Present-day English
  • identify morphological and syntactic structures in Old and Present-day English
  • discuss morphological and syntactic topics in correct English, both orally and in writing
  • analyse authentic Old and Present-day English text morphologically and syntactically
  • construct short stretches of Old and Present-day English text according to morphological and syntactic specifications
  • compare and contrast different accounts of English morphology and syntax in secondary sources
  • actively and independently participate in seminar discussions.

Content

The course examines morphology and syntax in English texts from two time periods. While inflections played an important role in Old English grammar, Present-day English relies primarily on structures where word order and function words are of central importance. Students thus investigate morphological and syntactic aspects of Old and Present-day English texts. Through independent research projects, students also learn how to apply methods of morphosyntactic analysis to authentic texts in order to describe the structure of English.

Instruction

Group instruction. Active participation in course seminars is obligatory. In cases of absence students will be given the opportunity to complete an extra assignment within the framework of the course period.

Assessment

Examination is done in the form of oral presentations, written assignments, and written final examinations. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

The course cannot be counted toward a degree if an equivalent course/module is included in the degree.

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on three occasions during the following three semesters. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 28, 2016

  • Aarts, Bas English syntax and argumentation

    Fifth Edition.: London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

    Inhaltsverzeichnis

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Hogg, Richard M.; Alcorn, Rhona. An introduction to Old English

    2nd ed.: Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, c2012.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory