Department of English

Mary E Blockley


ProfessorPh.D., 1984, Yale University

Mary E Blockley

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Old English language and literature; history of the English language; medieval manuscripts; Germanic philology.

Courses


E 364P • Old English

34595 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm PAR 210
(also listed as E 395N, MDV 392M)

E 364P  l  Old English

Instructor:  Blockley, M

Unique #:  34595

Semester:  Fall 2015

Cross-lists:  E 395N, MDV 392M

Flags:  n/a

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, a.k.a. Anglo-Saxon. In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and an on-line concordance. We will begin with the prose and read extracts from travelogues, chronicles, translations from Latin, and saints' lives. We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts. We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer and possibly The Seafarer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh, The Battle of Maldon, and The Dream of the Rood, possibly some riddles and Biblical epic. Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam.

Texts: J. C. Pope and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001); P. S. Baker, Introduction to Old English, 3rd ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2012) and online; J. Clark-Hall Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (Toronto 1984); Dictionary of Old English online corpus.

Requirements & Grading: Daily translation, quizzes, exercises, 55%; Midterm, 25%; Final exam, 20%.

No makeup quizzes, no more than two unexcused absences without penalty.

E 395N • Old English

34830 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm PAR 210
(also listed as E 364P, MDV 392M)

E 364P  l  Old English

Instructor:  Blockley, M

Unique #:  34595

Semester:  Fall 2015

Cross-lists:  E 395N, MDV 392M

Flags:  n/a

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, a.k.a. Anglo-Saxon. In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and an on-line concordance. We will begin with the prose and read extracts from travelogues, chronicles, translations from Latin, and saints' lives. We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts. We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer and possibly The Seafarer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh, The Battle of Maldon, and The Dream of the Rood, possibly some riddles and Biblical epic. Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam.

Texts: J. C. Pope and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001); P. S. Baker, Introduction to Old English, 3rd ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2012) and online; J. Clark-Hall Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (Toronto 1984); Dictionary of Old English online corpus.

Requirements & Grading: Daily translation, quizzes, exercises, 55%; Midterm, 25%; Final exam, 20%.

No makeup quizzes, no more than two unexcused absences without penalty.

E 395N • Renaissance English

34835 • Fall 2015
Meets MW 1100am-1230pm PAR 214
(also listed as MDV 392M)

In this course we examine what lies linguistically between Middle English and our own. Though speakers of Modern English have little trouble reading Renaissance texts, Renaissance English (or, to give it its linguistic name, Early Modern English) differs from Modern English in its sounds, its grammar, and even its sentence structure.   We will study changes in the sounds, spellings, inflectional systems, word order, punctuation, slang and register, syntax, and semantics as they affect the textuality of English between the rise of printing and the beginning of the eighteenth century, or , as a  20th century collection put it, 1476-1776.  Topics include the change from thou to (singular) you, the spread and functions of auxiliary do (contrasted with contemporary German tun), the rise of the passive progressive and other expansions of the auxiliary system for verbs, including the shift from deontic to epistemic modal verbs, the systematization of adverbial meaning and adverbial position in the clause, the coexistence of –s, -th, and other present-tense inflections, the Great Vowel Shift, the spelling of function words in early texts and what cultural or graphic features might influence such regularization, and, generally, the (re)birth of prescriptive grammar in early Modern English.

In the past fifteen years there has been an explosion of research, still mostly European, facilitated by the availability and sophistication of databases for texts from this period. We will look at ordinary prose as well as dramatic and other sorts of literary texts.  We may look at linguistic methods of determining criteria for authorship (Don Foster, Brian Vickers), and will look at some shameless forgeries by the likes of Chatterton, Collier, and Ireland in the HRC.

There will be exercises, a midterm, and a final exam.  A substantive paper, developed over the course of the semester and negotiated with the instructor, may substitute for the final exam.

Texts:

Cusack, Bridget  Everyday English 1500-1700: A Reader (1998)

Görlach, Manfred Introduction to Early Modern English (trans. 1991)

Nevalainen, Terttu Introduction to Early Modern English (2006)

Whigham and Rebhorn, eds.  Puttenham The Art of English Poesy: A Critical Edition [1598](2007)

additions include:

Mel Evans, The Language of Queen Elizabeth I: A Sociolinguistic Perspective on Royal Style and Identity (2013)

[Evans lectures at Birmingham]

 

 

 

E 364M • History Of English Language

34860 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm PAR 308
(also listed as LIN 364M)

E 364M  l  History of the English Language

Instructor:  Blockley, M

Unique #:  34860

Semester:  Spring 2015

Cross-lists:  LIN 364M

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Flags:  Writing

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: In this course we will survey the history of what certainly is the most widely spoken language in the twenty-first century. Beginning with its prehistory on the Continent over two thousand years ago, we will trace the fortunes of English from Anglo-Saxon times to its present manifestations across national boundaries. We will learn the distinctions of sounds, inflectional endings, and sentence patterns that mark each major stage of the language. Though the course will focus on the different forms of the language as they survive in various texts, we will pay some attention to the interaction between the internal history of English and the social and political contexts that define its external history. The goal is a better understanding of change in English and the signs of this change that can be seen everywhere from spelling to legal procedure. No previous study of linguistics is required; a willingness to learn phonetic transcription early in the semester, however, is crucial.

Texts: David Crystal, The Stories of English (2004); Harcourt, One Hundred Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces (2008).

Requirements & Grading: Two in-class blue-book exams, 35%; Quizzes, frequent homework exercises, 40%; Comprehensive final exam, 25%.

There will be no make-up quizzes.

E 396L • Beowulf

35150 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 300pm-430pm PAR 210

In this course we will  read the 3,182 line poem in the original Old English and its several hundred years of linguistic and critical tradition, moving necessarily at the pace of 220-250 lines of translation a week.  Previous semester-length study of Old English or Old Norse required.

Texts:

Fulk, Bjork and Niles, Klaeber’s Beowulf  4th edition (Toronto, 2008)

DOE online corpus (and DOE for A-F, when available)

Grading and Requirements:

Daily translation, quizzes, exercises     50%

Midterm      25%

Final exam or project     25%

No makeup quizzes.  More than two unexcused absences incurs a penalty.

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E 323L • English As A World Language

35705 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 302
(also listed as LIN 323L)

Instructor:  Blockley, M

Unique #:  35705

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  LIN 323L

Flags:  Global Cultures; Writing

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: English has no equal for being the most widely used language, though this has not always been the case and will not always be so.  We will look at the steps that brought it to this position: at earlier English in competition with other languages, at what might be the core features of English and what alters or preserves them, and particularly at the role of English’s role as an intermediary of translation and as one lingua franca among others.   The focus of this course is on the description of the past and current varieties of the language, particularly grammar (and within grammar, sentence structure, inflection, and spelling), and, despite Greene’s subtitle, not on the politics of ESL or EFL use and planning.

Topics will include a review of the history of English as a second or official language; the distinctive features of English over time and space; defining characteristics of spoken and written varieties, their registers, and vocabulary; case studies of English from among the following environments:  England (sometimes called English English), Australia, West Africa (e.g. Ghana), India, English-based creoles such as Tok Pisin and Sranan,  Chicana/o English, Estuary English,  Irish English, and Newfoundland English.

Texts: David Bellos,  Is That A Fish in Your Ear? ( Faber and Faber, 2011, ppb 2012) • Leslie Dunton-Downer,  The English Is Coming! (Simon and Schuster, 2010) • Robert Lane Greene, You Are What You Speak (Random House, 2011) • Nicholas Ostler  The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel (Walker and Company, 2010) • Peter Trudgill and Jean Hannah, International English, 5rd ed (Hodder, 2008).

Optional: • David Crystal The Stories of English (2004) • Nicholas Ostler  Empires of the Word: An Language History of the World (2006) • James Pennebaker, The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us (2011) • Scott L Montgomery Does Science need a Global Language? (2013) • Jennifer Jenkins, World Englishes, 2nd ed.  (2009).

Requirements & Grading: Grades will be awarded on a scale of 100 and converted into plus and minus letter grades at the end of the semester in accord with departmental policy: 94-100 (A), 90-93 (A-), 87-89 (B+), 84-86 (B), 80-83 (B-), 77-79 (C+), 74-76 (C), 70-73 (C-), 67-69  (D+) and so on.

Quizzes (20%) Quizzes will be given as necessary to check progress on reading to test your grasp of essential points and data in the readings, and your powers of concise, accurate expression. Three in-class closed-book exams plus a final exam (70%).

E 364P • Old English

35905 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CAL 200
(also listed as E 395N)

Instructor:  Blockley, M

Unique #:  35905

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  E 395N, MDV 392M

Flags:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, a.k.a. Anglo-Saxon. In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and an on-line concordance. We will begin with the prose and read extracts from travelogues, chronicles, translations from Latin, and saints' lives. We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts. We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer and possibly The Seafarer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh, The Battle of Maldon, and The Dream of the Rood, possibly some riddles and Biblical epic. Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam.

Texts: J. C. Pope and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001); P. S. Baker, Introduction to Old English, 3rd ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2012) and online; J. Clark-Hall Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (Toronto 1984); Dictionary of Old English online corpus.

Requirements & Grading: Daily translation, quizzes, exercises, 55%; Midterm, 25%; Final exam, 20%.

No makeup quizzes, no more than two unexcused absences without penalty.

E 395N • Old English

36120 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CAL 200
(also listed as E 364P)

Instructor:  Blockley, M

Unique #:  35905

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  E 395N, MDV 392M

Flags:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, a.k.a. Anglo-Saxon. In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and an on-line concordance. We will begin with the prose and read extracts from travelogues, chronicles, translations from Latin, and saints' lives. We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts. We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer and possibly The Seafarer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh, The Battle of Maldon, and The Dream of the Rood, possibly some riddles and Biblical epic. Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam.

Texts: J. C. Pope and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001); P. S. Baker, Introduction to Old English, 3rd ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2012) and online; J. Clark-Hall Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (Toronto 1984); Dictionary of Old English online corpus.

Requirements & Grading: Daily translation, quizzes, exercises, 55%; Midterm, 25%; Final exam, 20%.

No makeup quizzes, no more than two unexcused absences without penalty.

E 323L • English As A World Language

35690 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 302

Instructor:  Blockley, M            Areas:  IV / G

Unique #:  35690            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Fall 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: English is presently spoken by 5.4% of the world’s population. It has no equal at present for being the most widely used language, though this has not always been the case and may not always be so. We will look at the steps that brought English to this position over the last three centuries, at earlier English in competition with other languages, at what might be the core features of English and what alters or preserves them, sometimes through the English-language media outside this country. The focus in this course is on the description of the past and current varieties of the language, not on the politics of ESL use and planning.

Topics will include a brief review of the history of English as a first language since 1066; the history of English as a second or official language (including a look at English loanwords in other languages); the distinctive features of English over time and space: sounds, inflections, and grammar; the spoken and the written varieties, with some attention to register and vocabulary; and brief case studies from among the following environments: Australia, India, Tok Pisin and Sranan, West Africa, Canada, Chicano English, and Estuary English.

Texts: David Bellos, Is that A Fish In Your Ear? (2012) Leslie Dunton-Downer The English Is Coming! (2012), Robert Lane Green You Are What You Speak (2011) Nicholas Ostler The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel (2010) Peter Trudgill and Jean Hannah, International English, 5th ed. 2008 (Edward Arnold);

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes (15%) Quizzes will be given as necessary to check progress on reading.

Selective bibliography and sentence outline (subheadings) for an encyclopedia-style report on a variety of World English (3 pages) (10%)

Four in-class exams (60%)

Comprehensive final exam or, with arrangement by the 5th week of class, a formal paper (15%)

E 364P • Old English

35910 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 305
(also listed as E 395N)

Description:

The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, aka Anglo-Saxon.  In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism, an on-line concordance, and standard student grammars.  We will begin with the prose and read extracts from proverb collections, vernacular chronicles, and saints’ lives.  We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts.  We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh and The Battle of Maldon,  enigmatic first-person poems like The Dream of the Rood, The Wife’s Lament, and possibly some riddles.  There will be daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam or, with previous negotiation by October 25th, a brief but formal presentation culminating in a written project.

Texts:

J. C. Pope and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001)

P. S. Baker, Introduction to Old English, 3nd ed (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and online

Clark-Hall Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (for the mystery text, and for finding out more than the contextual glosses for the prose passages in Baker)

(optional) Fulk and Cain,  History of Old English Literature (2002), this and the Treharne and Pulsiano collection of 2001 offer introductions to cultural and interpretative material

DOE online corpus (and DOE for A-F, when available)

Grading and Requirements:

Daily translation, quizzes, exercises                 55%

Midterm                                                    25%

Final exam or project                                   20%

No makeup quizzes.  More than two unexcused absences incurs a penalty.

 

E 395N • Old English

36195 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 305
(also listed as E 364P)

Description:

The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, aka Anglo-Saxon.  In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism, an on-line concordance, and standard student grammars.  We will begin with the prose and read extracts from proverb collections, vernacular chronicles, and saints’ lives.  We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts.  We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh and The Battle of Maldon,  enigmatic first-person poems like The Dream of the Rood, The Wife’s Lament, and possibly some riddles.  There will be daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam or, with previous negotiation by October 25th, a brief but formal presentation culminating in a written project.

Texts:

J. C. Pope and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001)

P. S. Baker, Introduction to Old English, 3nd ed (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and online

Clark-Hall Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (for the mystery text, and for finding out more than the contextual glosses for the prose passages in Baker)

(optional) Fulk and Cain,  History of Old English Literature (2002), this and the Treharne and Pulsiano collection of 2001 offer introductions to cultural and interpretative material

DOE online corpus (and DOE for A-F, when available)

Grading and Requirements:

Daily translation, quizzes, exercises                 55%

Midterm                                                    25%

Final exam or project                                   20%

No makeup quizzes.  More than two unexcused absences incurs a penalty.

 

E 364P • Old English

35610 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm PAR 302
(also listed as E 395N)

Instructor:  Blockley, M            Areas:  IV / D

Unique #:  35610            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Spring 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  E 395N, LIN 350            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, a.k.a. Anglo-Saxon. In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and an on-line concordance. We will begin with the prose and read extracts from travelogues, chronicles, translations from Latin, and saints' lives. We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts. We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer and possibly The Seafarer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh, The Battle of Maldon, and The Dream of the Rood, possibly some riddles and Biblical epic. Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam.

Texts: J. C. Pope and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001); P. S. Baker, Introduction to Old English, 3rd ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2012) and online; J. Clark-Hall Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (Toronto 1984); Dictionary of Old English online corpus.

Requirements & Grading: Daily translation, quizzes, exercises, 55%; Midterm, 25%; Final exam, 20%.

No makeup quizzes, no more than two unexcused absences without penalty.

E 395N • Old English

35885 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm PAR 302
(also listed as E 364P)

Instructor:  Blockley, M            Areas:  IV / D

Unique #:  35610            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Spring 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  E 395N, LIN 350            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, a.k.a. Anglo-Saxon. In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and an on-line concordance. We will begin with the prose and read extracts from travelogues, chronicles, translations from Latin, and saints' lives. We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts. We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer and possibly The Seafarer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh, The Battle of Maldon, and The Dream of the Rood, possibly some riddles and Biblical epic. Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam.

Texts: J. C. Pope and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001); P. S. Baker, Introduction to Old English, 3rd ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2012) and online; J. Clark-Hall Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (Toronto 1984); Dictionary of Old English online corpus.

Requirements & Grading: Daily translation, quizzes, exercises, 55%; Midterm, 25%; Final exam, 20%.

No makeup quizzes, no more than two unexcused absences without penalty.

E 603A • Comp And Reading In World Lit

34560 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CRD 007B

In the first semester we will read a number of texts from the European epic tradition in historical order, with a view towards understanding how these works have retained their interest and authority over the centuries, and how they provide models of literary form that persist from antiquity through the long medieval era.  Some of the texts are central to the Great Books curriculum of the twentieth century; others’ significance is no longer so obvious. We will look into both the workings of large narrative forms that lie behind the modern notion of a book chapter and the development of a forensic tool kit of rhetorical, literary, and even grammatical structures.

Texts/Readings:

Fall

Iliad, Homer (trans. Lombardo)

Aeneid, Vergil (Lombardo)

Civil War, Lucan (trans. Matthew Fox)

Njalssaga, Anon. (trans. Cook)

The Táin (Táin Bó Cúailnge), Anon. (trans. Carson)

Hacker, Pocket Style Manual, 5th ed. 2009 MLA Update Version (Bedford St. Martins)

Murfin and Roy, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms, 3rd ed. (Bedford St. Martins)

Occasional supplementary texts

Spring

Don Quixote, Cervantes (trans. Rutherford)

Tristram Shandy, Sterne

Faust, Part I, Goethe (trans. Kaufmann)

The Master and Margarita, Bulgakov (trans. Pevar and Volokhonsky)

Doctor Faustus, Mann (trans. Wood)

Generations of Winter, Aksyonov (trans. Glad and Morris)

Assignments:

Beginning in the second week, everyone will regularly bring to class meetings a written focused response (about 300 words) to the reading selection that can catalyze discussion and provide the seed for cogent essays. Plagiarism = Failure.  Since there is no midterm or final exam, presence and participation in class are crucial; anyone missing four classes, for any reason,  will fail the course.  You will also write four short formal essays (800-1000 words) over the course of the semester that will develop your ability to present an original and persuasive contextual close reading of passages from these texts and a slightly longer formal analytical one towards the end of the semester.

Reading responses, attendance and class participation (including peer reviews, oral reports): 40%

Short Essays 10% each (4 total)

Analytical Essay 20%

About the Professor:

Mary Blockley received her Ph.D. from Yale in 1984.  Her research interests include medieval philology and historical linguistics.

 

 

E 395N • Renaissance English

35715 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CBA 4.342

Renaissance English

Instructor: Mary Blockley

E 323L • English As A World Language

35420 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm PAR 308
(also listed as LIN 323L)

Cross-listed with LIN 323L

Description: English is presently spoken by 5.4% of the world’s population.  It has no equal at present for being the most widely used language, though this has not always been the case and may not always be so.  We will look at the steps that brought English to this position over the last three centuries, at the role earlier English has played in competition with other languages, and at what might be the core features of English and what alters or preserves them, sometimes through the English-language media outside this country.  The focus in this course is on the description of the past and current varieties of the language, not on the politics of ESL use and planning.

Topics will include a brief review of the history of English as a first language since 1066; the history of English as a second or official language (including a look at English loanwords in other languages); the distinctive features of English over time and space: sounds, inflections, and grammar; the spoken and the written varieties, with some attention to register and vocabulary; and brief case studies from among the following environments:  Australia, India, Tok Pisin and Sranan, West Africa, Canada, Chicano English, and Estuary English.

Texts:  David Crystal, English as a Global Language 2nd ed 2003 (Cambridge UP), Peter Trudgill and Jean Hannah, International English, 5th ed. 2008 (Edward Arnold,), Jenn’s Coursepack (Foster, Romaine, Penfield, Burridge and Mulder, etc.)

 

Grading Policy: Quizzes (15%) Quizzes will be given as necessary to check progress on reading. Selective bibliography and sentence outline (subheadings) for an encyclopedia-style report on a variety of World English (3 pages)(10%). Three or Four in-class exams (60%) Students elect either to take a comprehensive final exam or write a draft and final version of the report (4-page rough draft with sources; 6-8 page final version of report) (15%)

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

English Major Area:  IV. Language or Writing

E 364M • History Of English Language

35705 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 101
(also listed as LIN 364M)

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing. No exceptions.

Course Description: In this course we will survey the history of what could be argued to be now the most popular language in the world, and certainly the most widely known. Beginning with its prehistory on the Continent over two thousand years ago, we will trace the fortunes of English from Anglo-Saxon times to its present manifestations across national boundaries. We will learn the distinctions of sounds, inflectional endings, and sentence patterns that mark each major stage of the language. Though the course will focus on the different forms of the language as they survive in various texts, we will pay some attention to the interaction between the internal history of English and the social and political contexts that define its external history. The goal is a better understanding of change in English and the signs of this change that can be seen everywhere from spelling to legal procedure. No previous study of linguistics is required; a willingness to learn phonetic transcription early in the semester, however, is crucial.

Texts: Millward and Hayes, A Biography of the English Language, 3rd edition (2011); Millward, Workbook to Accompany A Biography of the English Language (1990); Harcourt, One Hundred Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces (2008).

Grading: Two in-class blue-book exams, 35%; Quizzes, workbook exercises, 40%; Comprehensive final exam, 25%.

There will be no make-up quizzes for any reason, and no make-up final without a proven medical emergency.

E 364P • Old English

34805 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm PAR 103
(also listed as E 395N, LIN 350)

The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, also known as Anglo-Saxon in some places.  In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and on-line grammars and concordances.  We will begin with the prose and read extracts from proverb collections, translations from Latin, vernacular chronicles, and saints’ lives.  We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts.  We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh and The Battle of Maldon, enigmatic first-person poems like The Dream of the Rood, The Wife’s Lament, The Seafarer (for which students can consult Ezra Pound’s battered student reader in the HRHRC) and possibly some riddles. 

Requirements

Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam of sight and prepared translation and commentary, or, with previous negotiation by October 25th, a substantial written project.

E 395N • Old English

35105 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm PAR 103
(also listed as E 364P, LIN 350)

The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, also known as Anglo-Saxon in some places.  In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and on-line grammars and concordances.  We will begin with the prose and read extracts from proverb collections, translations from Latin, vernacular chronicles, and saints’ lives.  We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts.  We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh and The Battle of Maldon, enigmatic first-person poems like The Dream of the Rood, The Wife’s Lament, The Seafarer (for which students can consult Ezra Pound’s battered student reader in the HRHRC) and possibly some riddles. 

Requirements

Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam of sight and prepared translation and commentary, or, with previous negotiation by October 25th, a substantial written project.

E 323L • English As A World Language

34703 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 MEZ 1.202

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English as a World Language     Blockley
E323L #34703     Parlin 320
LIN 323L #41117     471-8362
Spring 2010     TTh 9:30--11:00
Mezes 1.202     T 12-1, W 2-3 aba

Description:

English is presently spoken by 5.4% of the world’s population.  It has no equal at present for being the most widely used language, though this has not always been the case and will not always be so.  We will look at the steps that brought English to this position, at the role earlier English has played in competition with other languages, and at what might be the core features of English and what alters or preserves them.   The focus of this course is on the description of the past and current varieties of the language, particularly grammar (and within grammar, sentence structure, inflection, and spelling), not on the politics of ESL use and planning.

Topics will include a brief review of the history of English as a second or official language; the distinctive features of English over time and space; defining characteristics of spoken and written varieties, their registers and vocabulary;  case studies of English from among the following environments:  England (sometimes called English English), Australia, West Africa ( esp. Nigeria), India, Tok Pisin and Sranan,  Chicana/o English, Estuary English, and Newfoundland English.

Required Texts:

  • David Crystal, English as a Global Language  2nd edition (2003)
  • Peter Trudgill and Jean Hannah, International English, 5rd ed (2008)
  • Required Coursepack:  Blockley E/Lin 323L 
  • Jenn’s, 2200 Guadalupe (across from Intercampus Drive, under the Scientologists) 473-8669, 8:30-5:00 M-F

Assignments & Grading:

Grades will be awarded on a scale of 100 and converted into plus and minus letter grades at the end of the semester in accord with departmental policy: 94-100 (A), 90-93 (A-), 87-89 (B+), 84-86 (B), 80-83 (B-), 77-79 (C+), 74-76 (C), 70-73 (C-), 67-69  (D+) and so on.

There will be 4-8 quizzes over the course of the semester on the week’s reading, worth a total of  15 %  There will be no makeup quizzes.  The lowest quiz grade (including zero) will be dropped.

There will be four in-class exams, somewhat cumulative, the first of which is worth 15% and the remaining three 20% each.  The exams will be blue book exams (closed-book), and include both short answer questions on the reading and short essays; sometimes the essay questions will be provided beforehand.  The essays will reward both accurate presentation of the readings and discussion and original thinking on your part.

The remaining 10 % is your attendance percentage.  You are allowed two absences without penalty (other than the possibility of a second missed quiz).  The third and any subsequent absences subtract one point each from your final grade. Additionally, three tardies count as an absence, and arriving more than 15 minutes late counts as an absence.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.

For more information, please download the full syllabus.

E 364M • History Of English Language

34932 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 206

Crosslisted: LIN 364M (Unique #41177)
                                             

History of the English Language

Dr. Blockley    
E 364M (#34932)    Parlin 320
LIN 364M (#41177)    471-8362
office hours: T 12-1, W 2-3, aba       Spring 2010
T TH  2:00-3:30 PAR 206    

No previous study of linguistics is required; a willingness to learn phonetic transcription early in the semester, however, is crucial.  There will be weekly homework exercises to give practice in working with different aspects of the kinds of analysis developed for languages. I will preview the material covered in the exercises in class before they are due, and will collect and mark some of them to keep us on course.  On some days we will begin class by considering questions about present day English language and literature that the material we cover that hour will enable you to answer.

Required Texts:  

  • Celia Millward, A Biography of the English Language, 2nd edition (1996)
  • C. Millward, Workbook to Accompany A Biography of the English Language 2nd ed (1996) 
  • Editors of the American Heritage Dictionary One Hundred Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces (2008)

Grading:  

Exercises + quizzes (8-12 assignments in all)  .................... 30% total
Attendance and active participation  .................... 10%
In-class blue-book exams (75 minutes)   .................... 15% first exam 
   .................... 20% second exam
Comprehensive final exam  .................... 25% final exam
(Saturday afternoon 2-5, May 15th)    

No make-up exams without a proven medical emergency. There will also be no makeup quizzes, but there will be 6-10 quizzes, and the lowest quiz grade will be dropped before averaging.

Grades will be awarded on a scale of 100 and converted into plus and minus letter grades at the end of the semester in accord with departmental policy: 94-100 (A), 90-93 (A-), 87-89 (B+), 84-86 (B), 80-83 (B-), 77-79 (C+), 74-76 (C), 70-73 (C-), 67-69  (D+) and so on.

You are expected to come to every class meeting having completed the assigned reading and the exercises from the workbook.  Please bring your textbook and workbook to class, as we will be working closely with them.  I highly recommend photocopying your exercises.  I will collect exercises from the workbook (and some from me) regularly, so be prepared to hand them in on the day they are due in the syllabus.  Late exercises will not be accepted.  If you know you are unable to attend class, turn in the homework due for that day at my office (Parlin 320) before 2:00 pm, or have someone bring yours to class.

While most exercises require only the textbook and your sometimes considerable ingenuity, you will also need access to a serious dictionary (i.e. bigger than a paperback or the brief entries on Bartleby)  to do  the homework exercises marked *. The best  resource you have when on campus or otherwise identifiable as a UT student is the on-line Oxford English Dictionary http://dictionary.oed.com/entrance.dtl Be sure you are able to access this resource!

Attendance Policy:

One unexcused absence is free.  For a second and each subsequent unexcused absence, one point will be deducted from your final average, up to one full letter grade. Three tardies count as an absence, and arriving more than 15 minutes late counts as an absence.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.

For more information, please download the full syllabus.

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