E 364M • History of the English Language
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course aims to present the historical development of English by striking a balance between the internal history--sounds, inflections, vocabulary--and the external history--the political, social, and intellectual forces that have determined the course of that development at different periods. The main topics (which will be covered fully in class lecture-discussion) include the Indo-European Family of Languages, Old English, The Norman Conquest and the Subjection of English (1066-1200), The Re-establishment of English (1200-1500), The Renaissance (1500-1650), The Appeal to Authority (1650-1800), The Nineteenth Century and after, and the English Language in America.
Frequent homework exercises on syntactic structures.
Three tests 27% each
Homework and class participation 19%
Albert C. Baugh and Thomas Cable, A History of the English Language, 5th ed.
Thomas Cable, A Companion to Baugh & Cable's History of the English Language, 3rd ed.