Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 hours
Seminars / Tutorials 10 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 questions.  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 x 1500 - 2000 word essays  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to

  • understand the main methodologies of Romance linguistics as a comparative discipline
  • see the point of a comparative approach to Romance languages (and by extension, to any other group of cognate languages)
  • appreciate the usefulness of sociolinguistics in linguistic study (both historical and synchronic).

Brief description

The module will (a) introduce students to the main themes and methodologies of Romance linguistics as a comparative discipline (b) present some case-studies of aspects of Romance linguistics (c) alert students to the need (when studying any one Romance language) to take account of data from adjacent Romance languages and (d) emphasize the need for the broadly sociolinguistic approach in this branch of linguistics.

It is intended (although not exclusively) to serve as a 'bridging' or comparative element in a degree scheme in Romance Languages.

Students taking the module should normally have studied at least two Romance Languages.

Reading List

Recommended Background
Elcock, W.D (1975) The Romance Languages Faber Primo search Green, J.G. and Posner, R. (80-82) Trends in Romance Linguistics and Philology 4 vols Mouton Primo search Holtus, G., et al. (eds) (1987-) Lexikon der Romanistischen Linguistik Niemeyer Primo search Posner, R. (1996) The Romance Languages Cambridge University Press Primo search Wright, R. (1982) Late Latin and Early Romance Cairns Primo search Wright, R. (1991) Latin and the Romance Languages in the early Middle Ages Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5