The History of the English Language
University of Stirling
Area of Study
English, Literature, Literatures in English
Taught In English
PrerequisitesFour English modules on academic transcript.
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis module will offer a detailed survey of the history and development of the English language from itsGermanic beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon period, to the present day. We will consider some of the ways in whichthe structure, vocabulary and sound systems of the language have developed, explore the emergence of aregular spelling system and a standardised form of written and spoken English, and investigate the spread anddevelopment of English as the dominant world language in the current era.Our exploration of the development of the language will introduce students to key theories of language changeand historical linguistic analysis, and take in a variety of literary and non-literary texts.
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