History of the English Language

This one-mod course follows the development of the English language from its Indo-European origins to its present state. Using excerpts from English literature, we will study the phonology, history, and grammar of English in the context of cultural, social, literary, and political history with attention also to current linguistic theory. The course is not meant to fulfill any department-specific graduation requirements.

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to: understand the concept of “sound laws” as they appear in English, summarize the basic history of the development of the English language, describe the major patterns and causes of linguistic change, and discuss the historical, cultural, and political aspects of language use from an informed linguistic perspective.

(This course is offered in alternate years and will not be offered in 2024-25.)

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0