• 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 - In-class essay (20%)
2 - Book/literature review, approx. 1200 words, (30%)
3 - Final essay, approx. 2500 words (50%)

Course material: students will be informed of suggested readings and numerous texts/readings will be made available on Moodle throughout the semester.



Last updated: 18 July 2017