English 101

History of the English Language

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2012 Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
MWF 1-2 88 Dwinelle

Book List

Brinton, L.J. and L.K. Arnovick: The English Language: A Linguistic History, 2nd ed.


This course surveys the history of the English language from its Indo-European roots, through its Old, Middle and Early Modern periods, and up to its different forms in use throughout the world today.  Topics include changes in its core grammatical systems of phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure) and syntax (sentence structure); in vocabulary;  in writing and literary forms; and in the social position of English and its dialects.  

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