ELL114 : History of English

Convenor(s): Dr. Graham Williams


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module traces the history of the English language from the fifth century AD through to the present day. Students will learn about the development of English over this period, looking at the factors which have shaped the language, and learning a variety of techniques for studying the language. The module will also introduce students to the range and variety of the English language at all periods, and to the ways in which English influences, and is influenced by, other languages.


Students will have two lectures and one seminar per week. Lectures will provide students with introductions to the various periods and varieties in the historical development of English, allowing them to gain a thorough understanding of the historical development of the language. Seminars will use case studies and small-group work to foster skills in the application of historical methods, and in analysis of linguistic records.


Assessment is through weekly quizzes, one take-home textual analysis and a final essay.

Contact Details

0114 222 8460


Information last changed: Friday 09th of February 2018 :: 01:52:04 PM (GMT)


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