Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Romance Linguistics
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (2 x questions): one essay, plus compulsory commentary question on lexical data.  60%
Semester Assessment 1 X 1500-2000 word essay  20%
Semester Assessment an independent piece of dictionary-based comparative lexical research on a topic to be agreed with the module co-ordinator.  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit the exam if failed or missed  60%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submit all failed or missed elements  40%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. understand the main methodologies of Romance linguistics as a comparative discipline
2. see the point of a comparative approach to Romance languages (and by extension, to any other group of cognate languages)
3. appreciate the usefulness of sociolinguistics in linguistic study (both historical and synchronic)
4. demonstrate a basic comparative knowledge of the structure and methodology of a number of major historical dictionaries of the Romance languages [additional to learning outcomes for EL20220]

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.

Content : Lectures
1,2 Introduction
3,4 "Razze latine non esistono: esiste la latinita": Latin Heritage
5,6 Barbarians to the north and infidels to the south: Germanic and Arabic influences
7,8 Language contact phenomena in the emergence of Romance vernaculars
9,10 Standardization and normalization: the development of the Romance languages

1-4 Introduction to relevant Romance dictionaries : French (FEW), Italian (Battaglia, LEI),
Spanish (Corominas), Occitian (Lv, Rn, DOM, DAG/DAO).
5-6 Online lexicographical resources.
7-10 Presentations of particular topics arising from lexical study.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Only applicable if students choose to undertake the c/a project on lexical data in a way which entails e.g. statistical analysis of lexical forms or distribution. No assessment unless chosen c/a topic needs it.
Communication Expected to communicate in seminars and to present group findings, as well as to write at an appropriate level for assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be able to observe the improvement in their own competence in handling complex data and dictionaries.
Information Technology Quantities of the data which will be discussed are accessible only on-line and will entail the acquisition of some elementary competence in database searching.
Personal Development and Career planning Not directly addressed in this module
Problem solving By being expected to address and resolve various problems (methodological as well as empirical) posed by the comparative study of the Romance languages.
Research skills Required to find, evaluate and use source materials (primary and secondary).
Subject Specific Skills Use of historical dictionaries of Romance languages and by extension, of any language. This is a relatively (and increasingly) rare skill of fundamental importance for any research in historical linguistics.
Team work Expected to work in groups, and to present (jointly) group findings to seminars. Development of team skills in dividing up work and organizing it.


This module is at CQFW Level 6