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Bachelor 2021/2022

Actual and Historical Processes in English Lexical System

Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: Linguistics
When: 1 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of all HSE University campuses
Instructors: Ekaterina Yakovenko
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 26

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The vocabulary of any language is the sum of units connected by various kinds of relationships. This system, developing over time and experiencing the impact of society, is the most important component of the linguistic worldview. The research seminar, using the latest achievements of domestic and foreign cognitive linguistics, synchronic and diachronic lexicology and lexicography, aims to familiarize students with the specifics of the lexical system of the English language, to give an idea of ​​the etymological, semantic, morphological, word-formation, stylistic properties of the English vocabulary. The research seminar involves mastering various methods of vocabulary analysis, gaining experience in the selection of language material, setting tasks, performing, presenting and discussing the research. The culmination of the seminar is the preparation of a group project, during which a multilateral description of the lexical grouping of the English language (lexical-semantic field or its fragments) is carried out.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The study of etymological, semantic, morphological, word-formation, stylistic, and other properties of units of the English vocabulary.
  • Mastering modern methods of lexical studies.
  • Developing research skills in selecting, analyzing, discussing, and presenting language data.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students should know etymological, semantic, word-formation, stylistic, combinatory properties of English words; use modern methods in lexical studies in their research; acquire the skills of selecting, analyzing, discussing and presenting language data.
  • Students should know etymological, semantic, word-formation, stylistic, combinatory properties of English words; use modern methods in lexical studies in their research; acquire the skills of selecting, analyzing, discussing and presenting language data.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction. The object and aims of the discipline. Elements and methods of lexicological studies.
  • Lexical semantics. Semantic change
  • English word-building
  • Origin of the English vocabulary
  • Stylistic reference of the English vocabulary
  • Combinatory properties of English words
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class participation
    The list of issues for discussion is determined by the plan of classwork. Students are supposed to discuss theoretical issues, illustrating them with examples found in advance in lexicographical and other sources. Students' activity and creativity are encouraged. Students present at the lesson but not participating actively can present their work in writing but their highest point cannot exceed 80% of the highest assessment possible. Students absent from classes for a valid reason can present their work in writing within a week following the class but their highest point cannot exceed 80% of the highest assessment possible.
  • non-blocking Self-study (preparation of the project)
    A research project in a discipline is prepared over two modules and presented at the exam. The group selects under the guidance of a teacher a paradigmatic lexical grouping of the English language (a lexico-semantic field) for detailed study. Students working individually or in pairs describe a fragment of the field in question. The project is being prepared according to strictly defined parameters. The approximate volume of the project is up to 7-8 A4 pages, Times 14 font, spacing 1. The project has a standard structure: - Introduction (relevance, object and aims of the research, methods, theoretical sources, structure of work); - Chapter 1. The origin of the units under study; - Chapter 2. Morphemic and word-building properties of the units in question; - Chapter 3. Semantic and functional features of the units in question; - Conclusion. The object of the research is 15-20 lexical units of the modern English language. The research is carried out on lexicographical and textual data. Students submit written assignments representing the parts of the project as they study the corresponding topic. The scope and content of each part are explained by the teacher in class. For work submitted without a valid reason with a delay of more than 1 week there is a one-point penalty, for a longer delay the score is decreased by two points.
  • non-blocking Exam (presentation of the project)
    Students present their projects as docx files. The presentation time is 5 or 6 min for a individual project and 8 or 10 minutes for students working in pairs. The presentation is followed by class discussion.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.3 * Class participation + 0.4 * Self-study (preparation of the project) + 0.3 * Exam (presentation of the project)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Антрушина Г. Б., Афанасьева О. В., Морозова Н. Н. - ЛЕКСИКОЛОГИЯ АНГЛИЙСКОГО ЯЗЫКА. ENGLISH LEXICOLOGY 8-е изд., пер. и доп. Учебник и практикум для вузов - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2020 - 196с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-07119-1 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/leksikologiya-angliyskogo-yazyka-english-lexicology-449987
  • Лаврова Н.А. - A Coursebook on English Lexicology : Английская лексикология: учебное пособие - Издательство "ФЛИНТА" - 2018 - ISBN: 978-5-9765-1090-6 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЛАНЬ - URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/106867

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Words, meaning and vocabulary : an introduction to modern English lexicology, Jackson, H., 2001