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.
% of module mark
University - closed examination History of English II
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
University - closed examination Reassessment: History of English II
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.
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.