History of the English Language

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2018

Course Objectives:

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts within these contexts. You will acquire a solid knowledge foundation in language elements and linguistic terminology, and develop a detailed understanding of the evolution of the English language across its eras and texts. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 – whether a program requirement or elective - presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about language and literature.

Materials Needed:

Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language is the assigned course text for class and paper purposes; the 6th edition, now in inexpensive paperback, is available at the UPJ bookstore; hardback editions are available if you’d prefer. Additional required readings for each unit will be provided in class or posted on CourseWeb, as announced in class. You will need to take notes during class, to provide handwritten responses to exercise questions, and to prepare out-of-class assignments as directed.

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2017

Course Descriptions:

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts within these contexts. You will acquire a solid knowledge foundation in language elements and linguistic terminology, and develop a detailed understanding of the evolution of the English language across its eras and texts.

Materials Needed:

Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2016

Course Description

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved from its Indo-European origins to its current form in the United States today. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts that correspond to the time, place, and purpose of their creation and circulation within this context. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 is selective and presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about language and literature. The course is WE, writing enhanced, for GenEd purposes.

Required Texts:

-Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language, in either the revised 6th edition or recent 5th edition

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2015

Course Description

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved from its Indo-European origins to its current form in the United States today. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts that correspond to the time, place, and purpose of their creation and circulation within this context. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 is selective and presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about language and literature. The course is WE, writing enhanced, for GenEd purposes.

Required Texts:

-Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language, in either the revised 6th edition or recent 5th edition

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2014

Course Description

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved from its Indo-European origins to its current form in the United States today. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts that correspond to the time, place, and purpose of their creation and circulation within this context. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 is selective and presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about language and literature. The course is WE, writing enhanced, for GenEd purposes.

Required Texts:

-Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language, in either the revised 6th edition or recent 5th edition

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Spring 2011

Course Description

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved from its Indo-European origins to its current form in the United States today. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts that correspond to the time, place, and purpose of their creation and circulation within this context. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 is selective and presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about language and literature. The course is WE, writing enhanced, for GenEd purposes.

Required Texts:

-Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language, 5th edition

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2012

Course Description

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved from its Indo-European origins to its current form in the United States today. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts that correspond to the time, place, and purpose of their creation and circulation within this context. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 is selective and presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about language and literature. The course is WE, writing enhanced, for GenEd purposes.

Required Texts:

Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language, 5th edition, is the assigned course text for class and paper purposes; additional required readings for each unit will be provided in class or posted on CourseWeb. Additional optional materials will be posted on CourseWeb as well; interested students are invited to consider using these items to supplement the material covered in class and to aid in the preparation of papers.

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2013

Course Description

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved from its Indo-European origins to its current form in the United States today. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts that correspond to the time, place, and purpose of their creation and circulation within this context. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 is selective and presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about language and literature. The course is WE, writing enhanced, for GenEd purposes.

Required Texts:

Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language, 5th edition, is the assigned course text for class and paper purposes; additional required readings for each unit will be provided in class or posted on CourseWeb. Additional optional materials will be posted on CourseWeb as well; interested students are invited to consider using these items to supplement the material covered in class and to aid in the preparation of papers.

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