ENG4156 – History of the English Language
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course offers an introduction to English language history, paying attention to language changes, language contact, and the development into a modern national language in particular. An introduction is also given to the main characteristics of Old English and Middle English.
Upon completion of this course, you will:
- have a fair knowledge of the main lines of development of written English from approximately 700 AD to modern times.
- know the most important changes in the fields of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.
- know the basic structure of Old English, Middle English and Early Modern English grammar; to this end, you will have studied the most central characteristics of the language of the syllabus texts.
- be able not only to describe and date linguistic changes, but also, to some extent and for select topics, to analyse these changes in terms of linguistic systems and give an account of previous scholarly work on the topic.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.
10 credits overlap with ENG2156 – History of the English Language
Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in total.
- Attendance is an obligatory class requirement (11 out of 14 seminars).
- Students are required to submit one qualifying paper of 5 standard pages at an appointed time. A standard page consists of 2,300 characters. The essay must be approved by the course teacher for the student to be allowed to take the exam.
- Additional absences must be justified to the exam coordinator. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
The assessment of the course is based on a term paper of approximately ten standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). The topic for the term paper will be determined by the teacher and student together.
Students are required to submit the term paper at an appointed time. Beforehand, students will be given an opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.
The term paper is the basis for the grade in this course.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.