Study of the history of the English language. Prerequisites: ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course. Occasional offering.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English course.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Several suitable language histories are available for this course, including:
A History of the English Language
By Baugh, Albert C. and Thomas Cable (Prentice Hall) Recommended
The Origins and Development of the English Language
By Algeo, John and Thomas Pyles (Harcourt Brace) Recommended
Biography of the English Language
By Milward, C.M. and Hayes, Mary (Cengage Learning) Recommended
To explore the history of the English language, from its Indo-European roots to its contemporary forms, including some sense of English as a world language and some sense of American English’s linguistic diversity.
Define and apply the terminology of English linguistics, including English phonology and morphology.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the history of Indo-European languages.
Demonstrate knowledge of distinguishing features of English as a Germanic language.
Identify and distinguish the major periods of the history of English, their characteristics, and the cultural and historical forces impinging upon them.
Demonstrate knowledge of basic historical linguistic changes and their properties (such as Grimm’s Law).
Demonstrate an awareness of linguistic diversity.
Introductory linguistic review
Indo-European roots of the Germanic languages
Early Modern English
Contemporary linguistic diversity of English in the world and U.S.
Exams, quizzes, homework, and other written work.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.