ELL231 : Issues in Language Change

Convener(s): Dr Ranjan Sen


General Information

Languages are born, languages die; but above all else, languages change. This module investigates how and why they do so. In addition to studying a multitude of types of change in words, pronunciation, morphology and syntax, we'll also look at relationships between languages, methods used in historical linguistics, language birth and death, and the social realities of language change. Evidence will be taken from languages around the world, but focus is on English - both past and present varieties. No prior knowledge of any language but English is needed.


There will be one fifty-minute lecture and one fifty-minute workshop each week. A study hour will take place every other week.


Assessment consists of weekly online quizzes (via MOLE) and two essays.

Contact Details

0114 222 0233


Information last changed: Tuesday 15th of March 2016 :: 04:01:59 PM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


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