Module Identifier EL30320  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Professor David A Trotter  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours examination (2 x questions): one essay, plus compulsory commentary question on lexical data.60%
Semester Assessment 1 X 1500-2000 word essay  20%
Semester Assessment Comparative lexical research c. 2000 words: an independent piece of dictionary-based comparative lexical research on a topic to be agreed with the module co-ordinator.20%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 examination if no continuous assessment submitted.100%

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.

Reading Lists

Elcock, W.D. The Romance Languages. (1975) Faber


This module is at CQFW Level 6