2023-2024 / LGER0210-1

English diachronic linguistics b : Approaches and perspectives in English historical linguistics


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS) (Digital media education)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (60 ECTS) (Even years, not organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Lieselotte Brems

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course presents several approaches to the study of English historical linguistics. We will discuss on how the study of the history of the English language has evolved in terms of topics and methods. Newer approaches are focused on, such as the interaction between English historical linguistics and frameworks or disciplines such as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and construction grammar

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Upon completion of the course, students will master the theoretical models discussed in class, and they will have acquired methodological skills

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Very good knowledge of English; good knowledge of linguistics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The class will include both theoretical lectures and interactive sessions.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face classes

Recommended or required readings

A list of recommended reading material will be made available to the students.

Written exam. The final mark will take into account the students' level of English, their mastery of the theoretical material studied in the class, and their ability to develop an original scholarly argument in written form.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course will be held during the first term (Monday, 3-5 pm). The first session will take place on Monday 26 September 2022 in room 5/6.


Lieselotte Brems, English Department, University of Liège, Place Cockerill, 3-5, B-4000 Liège, Belgium
Email: lbrems@uliege.be

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