Lectures in history of the English language and method-guides for seminars

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Lectures in history of the English language
Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis, The Bee & the Crown - The Road to Ascension in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath
Questions to lecture 1:
1. Which family of languages does the English language belong to What relalationship
does it have with other languages spoken in Europe, Asia etc
2. What is the most striking feature of the orthography of the English language
3. What has contributed to the flexibility of the lananguage?
Lecture 2.


Historical background.

Development of the language

Old English Period

Middle English Period

Modern English Period

20th-Century English

Historical background. Among highlights in the history of the English language, the following standout most clearly the settlement in Britain of Jutes, Saxons, and Angles in the
5th and 6th centuries the arrival of St. Augustine in 597 and the subsequent conversion of England to Latin Christianity the Viking invasions of the 9th century the Norman Conquest of 1066; the Statute of Pleading in 1362 (this required that court proceedings be conducted in English the setting up of Caxton's printing press at Westminster in 1476; the full flowering

13 of the Renaissance in the 16th century the publishing of the King James Bible in the completion of Johnson's Dictionary of 1755; and the expansion to North America and South Africa in the 17th century and to India, Australia, and New Zealand in the 18th.
Development of the language Three main stages are usually recognized in the history of the development of the English language. Old English, known formerly as Anglo-Saxon, dates from AD to 1066 or 1100. Middle English dates from 1066 or 1100 to 1450 or 1500. Modern English dates from about 1450 or 1500 and is subdivided into Early Modern English, from about 1500 to 1660, and Late Modern English, from about 1660 to the present time.

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