ell223 : ELL223 Lexicology

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Convenor(s): Louise Sorensen


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module examines the lexicon of the English language and will introduce students to the study of words, their origin, development, composition and meaning. The course will begin by exploring the history of English vocabulary (the process of borrowing and the nature of loanwords). The basic concepts of lexicology will then be examined in relation to the internal structure of words, word-formation and semantic relations between words. The final part of the course will explore the relationship between lexicology and lexicography (dictionary-making) and look at the impact of technology upon these disciplines.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have:


There will be two lectures per week (please note that Erasmus students should attend the two-hour lecture specifically aimed at them). The lectures will present the topics mentioned above and will occasionally entail practical exercises.


Assessment will be by (1) a 3,000-word essay on one of a set range of questions and (2) a written exam.

Relationship between Learning Outcome and Assessment Methods

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Jackson, Howard and Etienne Z é Amvela (2007). Words, Meaning and Vocabulary: An Introduction to Modern English Lexicology. London: Continuum.

Secondary reading will be recommended throughout the course.

Lectures & Workshops

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Contact Details

Louise Sorensen, room 1.21, Jessop West


Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:55 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK