The History of the English Language

University of Stirling

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The History of the English Language

  • Host University

    University of Stirling

  • Location

    Stirling, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature, Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Four English modules on academic transcript.

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    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module will offer a detailed survey of the history and development of the English language from its
    Germanic beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon period, to the present day. We will consider some of the ways in which
    the structure, vocabulary and sound systems of the language have developed, explore the emergence of a
    regular spelling system and a standardised form of written and spoken English, and investigate the spread and
    development 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 change
    and historical linguistic analysis, and take in a variety of literary and non-literary texts.

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