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

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5EN165

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
English G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 3 February 2016
Responsible department
Department of English

Entry requirements

English A1 and English B1

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Transitional provisions

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