Dr. Jamison: T/Th 11:00-12:15

History of the English Language

History of the English Language is an excellent course for English majors and any other students curious about mysteries of our language such as those sampled above.  This course begins with an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet then follows our language from its origins through Old, Middle, and Modern English.  Students are able to compare, and ultimately explain, different sounds and forms that have developed over time.  We discuss various historical and social influences that shaped our language, from its origins to contemporary dialects.  This course not only provides a context for placing literature in a cultural/ historical context, but also gives students the tools to recognize and appreciate the nuances of language in literature from a broad historical range.

Textbooks: A History of the English Language, 6th edition, by Baugh and Cable
A Companion to A History of the English Language 6th edition, by Baugh and Cable.