"History of English II" is an introduction to historical linguistics in general and the history of English in particular. With English as our object of investigation, we will study general principles ... Lesen Sie weiter
"History of English II" is an introduction to historical linguistics in general and the history of English in particular. With English as our object of investigation, we will study general principles of language change on different levels of linguistic analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicology). Students will be introduced to the aims and methods of diachronic linguistics and gain an understanding of the way human languages change, not just in the past, but also in the present and the future.
In this seminar, we will confine ourselves to the Old English period (with some glances to before and after, to put things into perspective) rather than rushing through the entire (early) history of English in one semester, so that there will be time for more in-depth investigation of the principles of language change on the one hand and the Old English language on the other.
Reading material will be made available at the beginning of the course. For the first session, please review your basic knowledge of phonetics and phonology.
- regular attendance
- active participation in discussions and group work, based on weekly reading assignments and/or homework exercises
- a short academic paper of about 2000 words