English 101

Junior Coursework: History of the English Language

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2007 Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
TTh 5-6:30 220 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Algeo, J. and T. Pyles: The Origins and Development of the English Language, 5th ed.


This course surveys the history of the English language from its Indo-European roots, through its Old, Middle and Early Modern periods, to its different forms in use throughout the world today. Topics include changes in the 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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