Students will gain a sense of the development and spread of the English language, and the phonological, orthographic, morphological, syntactic, and semantic features of its varieties across time and place.

The course aims

  • To give students an overview over the main periods of English and an understanding of some of its major structural developments.
  • To acquaint students with the various approaches to language and change as espoused by different schools of linguistics.
  • To familiarise students with many of the key socio-cultural and political debates which have accompanied the historical development and spread of English.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to research aspects of the history of English of particular interest to them.




This course will be based on 100% coursework.
1 – Short Homework Papers, total 1200 words (30%)
2 – In-Class Written Test (20%)
3 – Final Essay, approx. 2500 words (50%)




Students will be informed of suggested readings and numerous texts/readings will be made available on Moodle throughout the semester.



Last updated: 16 July 2018