English 101

History of the English Language

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2016 Hanson, Kristin
TTh 11-12:30 123 Wheeler

Book List

Millward, Celia: A Biography of the English Language; Millward, Celia: workbook to accompany Biography of the English Language


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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