LING 2403 Change and Development of the English Language (2)

Pre-requisites: LING 1001, LING 1002 and LING 1005 (highly recommended: LING 2302 and LING 2402)

The course offers a guide through the formation of English. It demonstrates how the language has changed and developed with the experiences and needs of its speakers. It familiarises students with the language of authors like Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton. It demonstrates the form of English at the point of contact with West African languages - the contact that gave rise to Caribbean English Creole varieties and that affected the development of Caribbean Englishes. Expansion and contact, and variety and standardisation are dimensions of this dynamic development.

Method of Instruction: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week
Assessment: 40% in-course assessment, 60% final examination

Basic Reading List

Algeo, John and Carmen Acevedo Butcher. Problems in the Origins and Development of the English Language. 5th ed. Thomson Wadsworth, 2005.

Pyles, Thomas, and John Algeo. The Origins and Development of the English Language. 5th ed. Thomson Wadsworth, 2005.