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History of English II - LAN00001I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eva Zehentner
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

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Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To give you an understanding of the development of the English language from the Old English period to the present day within a framework of ideas about the causation and progress of linguistic change.
  • To explore, in-depth, scholarly literature on the historical developments which have shaped the English language.
  • To more carefully consider the social context of these changes.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand some of the major linguistic events in the history of the English language, and the social context in which they are embedded.
  • Read a scholarly article on the history of English and understand the key points of the article.
  • Write a piece in appropriate academic prose reviewing and discussing the findings of a scholarly article on the history of English.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 30
University - closed examination
History of English II
2 hours 70

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Reassessment: History of English II
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative exercises done individually or in groups throughout the module
  • Feedback will include written comments and oral feedback during class discussions.

Summative assessment and feedback

Students will be given written comments on their essay and a mark in week 6 of the spring term and have an opportunity to view their exam script, under supervision, at the end of the summer term.

Indicative reading

The following books would be suitable as background reading. They are not required texts.

Barber, Charles (1993) The English Language: A Historical Introduction. Cambridge: CUP.

Baugh, A.C. and T. Cable (4th edition 1993) A History of the English Language. London: Routledge.

Crystal, David (2004) The Stories of English. Penguin.

Mugglestone, Lynda (2006) The Oxford History of English. Oxford: OUP.

Smith, Jeremy (1996) An Historical Study of English: Function, Form and Change. London: Routledge.

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