ELL356 : Language Contact

Convener(s): Mark Faulkner


General Information

This module explores the role of language contact in linguistic change, and will appeal to students interested in multilingualism, historical linguistics and medieval languages. Its principal focus is on "a revolutionary stage" in the history of English, Middle English, when English developed rapidly, partly as a consequence of sustained contact with Latin, French and Norse. Further examples will be drawn from other periods in the history of English, and from other languages. Issues examined will include multilingualism, code-switching, word borrowing, bilingual interference and pidgins and creolisation. Particular attention will be paid to the sociolinguistic and sociocultural aspects of language contact.


Weekly lecture and seminar; independent study


Data Analysis (1500 words): 40%
Essay (2500 words): 60%

Contact Details

Mark Faulkner


Information last changed: Thursday 28th of January 2016 :: 12:09:24 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