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   05 15 11 Ensk málsaga - History of English
Course Schedule, Spring 2007

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I expect you to read the chapters in Baugh thoroughly before the beginning of each leacture.

  2007

Topics

Baugh*
Chapters

 

Week 1 15 Jan Language Change
How do languages change?
What makes them change?
1 Video1     Video 2
        Potted history
Language change
Week 2 22 Jan Indo-European
Early Germanic
2

 -Lecture cancelled -

Week 3 29 Jan Indo-European & Early Germanic
The Anglo-Saxons & Old English
3 video 1    video 2
      Indo-European stops
Dan Short's Indo-European tree
Synthetic and analytic
  Synthetic vs analytic   
  How does language change?
Week 4 5 Feb Old English:
early foreign influences
4 video 1    video 2
      The Neogrammarians
Old English Lord's Prayer
Cathy Ball's Old English site
Old English writing
Try Googling - check out "English declension "  in Wikipedia for instance !
  The neogrammarians   
  Indo-European languages today
Old English Lord's Prayer
Week 5 12 Feb The Nordic Invasins 4 video 1   video 2
      Where do English words come from?
  Loanwords
  Weak and strong Adjectives
 Old English Cases
  Indo-European to Germanic
Where do English words come from?
The Norse invasions
Week 6 19 Feb

The Normans: early French loans

5 video 1  (screen recording)
video 2  (the video crashed, but this is a recording of the same material from last year's course)
      Essential dates
Differences between OE and ON
OE/ON endings    OE/ON pronoun
Loss of 'standard' Old English
  Old English and Norse verbs
Transiition: OE to Middle English
Week 7 26 Feb

Study Week (no formal class)WORKSHOP 1 - answers
WORKSHOP 2 - answers
Remember the texts: you should have covered the first FOUR by now

 

Here's a link to Douglas Harper’s webpage, Etymonline  at http://www.etymonline.com

Week 8 5 Mar French or English? 6 video 1  (the video failed again. This is a recording of some of the same material from last year.)
video 2  (screen recording)
    French in England
Middle English: changes from OE
  The French in England
Changes in spelling - Ol to Middle English
Week 9 12 Mar Middle English 7 video 1    video 2
    Middle English Dialects
texts: Robert of Gloucester and John Trevisa. See texts
  Continuity of English
Middle English Dialects
Some Middle English Texts
Alliteration
Week 10 19 Mar Later French Loans
Early and late Latin loans
8 the Great Vowel Shift
Class assignment (20%)
(Due date 16 Apr).
Grades for class assignment
        "Enrichment"
Latin loans
Week 11 26 Mar From ME to Early Modern English   video 1  - Term assignment 
video 2  - Great Vowel Shift
    the Great Vowel Shift   Slide on term assignment
Great Vowel Shift
Week 12 2 Apr Early Modern English. 9 video 1    video 2
        Later changes: pronunciation
Later changes: structure

- EASTER -
 
Week 13 16 Apr
   
Standardization and prescription
Review
Preview of examination
  video 1    video 2
    Class assignment due Tues 17 Apr at 6 o'clock
DL students: last posting date for  this assignment is midnight Tues 17 Apr.

Please note that it is NOT POSSIBLE to grant extensions.
GRADES for 20% assignment
  Notes on class assignment
Stratification of vocabulary
Standardization and Prescription
Notes on exam

Final list of study questions:

   

 FINAL GRADES

   

* Main text: Albert C Baugh and Thomas Cable: A History of the English Language. Routledge.


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