Origins and Structures of English focuses on the developmental aspects of the English language. First, we’ll examine  structural linguistic issues: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Next, we  will study the story of English itself, tracing its development from the Britons and Celts, the  Angles, Saxons, and Jutes to Old English to Middle English and now to Modern English. The course is designed to proceed chronologically, beginning with general questions of language study before moving on to the earliest known forms of English, and continuing on to the present  day, including a look at the ways that literature and technology affect language and the  development of world Englishes. While providing students with the ability to identify and  explain how language changes through historical periods, and while requiring them to  demonstrate this, the course will also examine language as a social, literary, and political  phenomenon.

Skill Level: Beginner