Table of Contents

Unit

Topic:

Suggestions for preparation:

Paper (10 min.)

Unit 0: Introduction

Unit 0.1

Objectives, Plan, etc.: What is language?

 

 

Unit 0.2

English History

Entry in any work of reference

 

Unit 1: Historical outline

Unit 1.1

OE (700-1100) and ME (1100-1500)

Baugh 1993:42-106; McCrum 1987:51-72; LdM s.v. 'Altenglische Sprache'; McArthur 1992:722-726, Crystal 1995:8-29

The Vikings

Unit 1.2

OE (700-1100) and ME (1100-1500)

Baugh 1993: 107-198; McCrum 1987:73-88; McArthur 1992:657-660; Crystal 1995:30-55

The Norman Conquest

Unit 1.3

EModE (1500-1700) and ModE (1700-now)

Baugh 1993:199-252; McCrum 1987:91-125; McArthur 1992:332-333; Crystal 1995:56-75

The inkhorn controversy

Unit 1.4

EModE 1500-1700) and ModE 1700-now)

Baugh 1993:253-294; 295-339; Crystal 1995:76-91

Language Academies

Unit 1.5

Language families and typologies

Baugh 1993:16-21; Crystal 1987:292-295; McArthur 1992:512-515

Grimm's Law

Unit 1.6

Objectives of historical linguistics

Boretzky 1977:37-39; Burgschmidt/Götz 1973:1-14; Bynon 1977:1-7; Penzl 1972:1-9; Weimann 1982:28-31

 

Unit 1.7

Option: BBC The Mother Tongue

McCrum 1987:51-88; McArthur 1992:472-481

 

Unit 1.8

Achievement test

 

 

Unit 2: Exemplary analyses

Unit 2.1

Historical phonology - graphemics

Basic knowledge

Types of sound change

Unit 2.2

Sound change: The Great Vowel Shift

Baugh 1993, Barber 1976, Görlach 1978/1982, Berndt 1984, McArthur 1992; Crystal 1995

The GVS

Unit 2.3

Historical morphology: The verbal system

Basic knowledge

 

Unit 2.4

Historical morphology: Word-formation

Basic knowledge

New words in the 90s

Unit 2.5

Historical semantics: Doublets

Gather information on the linguistic sign

 

Unit 2.6

History of English lexicography

McArthur 1992:306-309

Dr Johnson / OED

Unit 2.7

Historical syntax: Relative clause

Rules of the ModE relative clause

who - which - that

Unit 2.8

Achievement test

 

 

Unit 3: Analyses in Groups

Unit 3.1

Analyses in groups

Choose a topic - make a plan

 

Unit 3.2

Analyses in groups

Gather information

 

Unit 3.3

Analyses in groups

Organize your presentation

 

Unit 3.4

Presentation of the results

Result of your analysis on one page

Latin influence

Unit 4: Theoretical discussion

Unit 4.1

Language contact: Scandinavian - French - Latin

Historical situations and examples

 

Unit 4.2

Language contact: Theoretical concepts

Boretzky 1975:134-158; Görlach 1982:129-134

 

Unit 4.3

Language change: General discussion

Crystal 1987:328-333

The theory

Unit 4.4

Language change: Invisible hand theories

Rudi Keller. Sprachwandel.

 

Unit 4.5

Variation: Historical dialectology

Forms of linguistic variation

Cockney

Unit 4.6

Variation: Historical dialectology

OE - ME - ModE dialects

 

Unit 4.7

Standardisation: The Concept of standard

Definitions of Standard

 

Unit 4.8

Standardisation: The origins of ModE standard

Görlach 1988

 

Unit 5: Achievement test

Unit 5.1

Oral test

 

 

Unit 5.2

Written test

 

 

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