History of the English Language

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History of the English Language

<p>The English language has flourished over the last few centuries and is now arguably the pre-eminent language of the modern world. This state of affairs was not always so. We will examine the

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The English language has flourished over the last few centuries and is now arguably the pre-eminent language of the modern world. This state of affairs was not always so. We will examine the evolution of the English language from its Anglo-Saxon roots, through its subjugation under the French speaking Normans, to its current status as the world language of science and technology in the 21st century.


NOTE: There will be a short break for morning tea and lunch.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Anglo-Saxon/Old English period from the 5th century AD to the 11th century and the influence of the Norse languages of the Viking incursions from the 9th century on.
  • The Middle English period following the Norman Conquest of 1066.
  • The Early Modern period from around 1500 AD and the development of a standard around the bustling capital, London.
  • The Late Modern English period from about 1700 AD to the present day.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the development of the English language through the four main periods listed above and relate these periods to the broader history of the English speaking peoples in England and around the world.
  2. Identify the phonological, grammatical, and lexical changes that have been wrought on the English language over its 1,500 year history.
  3. Identify key texts from each period.
  4. Investigate the reasons for the high status of the English language in the 21st century.