This module introduces students to the history of English and to English historical linguistics. It is intended for Bachelor students in their second year and consists of two parts: a lecture and a seminar. The lecture provides an overview on the history of the English language from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present today. The seminar introduces the students to Middle English (the language spoken and written in England between AD 1150-1500). The module gives an insight into the early forms of English and provides guidance on how to read original texts in Middle English with the help of glossaries. It also introduces some basic principles of English historical linguistics and of the study of medieval English literature.
Vorlesung, Seminar, Tutorat