CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY IN RUZOMBEROK

FACULTY OF ARTS AND LETTERS

 

Course Information

 

Code: Title: A ‘History’ of the English Language

Field of Study: English Language and Literature

Guarantor: Lecturer: Dr David Levente Palatinus

Semester: 2014 /II

Type of lesson (lecture, seminar):

Number of Credits:

 

Prerequisite courses: None

 

Evaluation and credit requirements:

Regular Attendance and Participation in discussions: 40%; Written Exams: 30+30%

 

Short description of the course:

The course offers introduction into the basic concepts and theories related to the history and development of the English language, and into the most fundamental theoretical approaches to the study of language as a culture-producing phenomenon. Apart from the chronological and synchronic distribution of certain linguistic phenomena (sound changes, or the development of certain syntactic and paradigmatic features), we also look at language from a cultural-studies perspective where points of discussion include the relationship between language and writing, communication, language and thought-processes, speech acts and rhetoric.

 

Syllaby:

Week 1 Introduction

Week 2 The Origins of English

Week 3 Old English

Week 4 Middle English

Week 5 Early Modern English

Week 6 Modern English

Week 7 World English – Regional, Social and Personal Variations

Week 8 The Linguistic vs. the Pictorial Sign

Week 9 Language and Communication

Week 10 Language and Writing

Week 11 Speech Acts and Rhetoric

Week 12 Language and the Thought Process

 

 

Literature:

READING LIST

Core textbook: David Crystal. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. CUP, 1995.

Further readings are TBA

 

Teaching in foreign language: English

 

For further course materials, please go to the DROPBOX folder of the course.