ENG367Y (History of the English Language): Second term schedule


          This schedule will be online and will be updated with relevant links (i.e. to tools for learning/reviewing OE). Please check the home page frequently.

Required readings for this term are from Crystal’s Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English language and from Millward’s Biography of the English language, 2nd edition.

          Please bring Rigg’s The English language: a historical reader to each class.


Week of 7 January: Review of Early Modern English

          Extracts: Shakespeare, Hamlet; Milton, Paradise Lost


Week of 14 January: English as an Indo-European and Germanic language

                   Millward chapter 4.


Week of 21 January:

Recognizing Old English (OE) words: OE writing and spelling

          OE syntax: syntax within clauses

                   Crystal chapter 3.

                   Millward chapter 5: 76-82, 89-93, 110-111.

Study linked pages from Murray McGillivray’s course: OE pronunciation 1 and OE pronunciation 2. “OE syntax”.


Procrastinate with an online Mr Potato Head

            Extract for discussion: Rigg No.9.


Week of 28 January:

          OE grammar: the noun phrase (nouns, pronouns, demonstratives)

OE grammar: uninflected word classes

OE irregular verbs: be, will, do, go

                        Crystal 20-21.

                   Millward 94-101, 105-106

Read and study “Old English as an inflected language” and “present of the verb beon and the personal pronouns”, the OE case system (strong masculine and neuter nouns)”, Table with strong and masculine nouns, OE weak nouns.

          Extract for discussion: Rigg No. 1.


Week of 4 February:

            OE grammar: verb endings, weak verbs

            OE phonology

                        Crystal 18-21.

                        Millward 82-89, 101-105.

Read and study “OE weak verbs”. Once you're confident you understand the concept, try reinforcing it with flash card!

          Extract for discussion: Rigg No. 2.


Week of 11 February:

          OE grammar: strong verbs, preterite-present verbs

                   Millward 102-105

Read and study “OE strong verbs: singan

          Extracts for discussion: Rigg No. 3; an OE poem (handout).


->        Optional MAKE-UP FOR PART “C” of the test: parallel PDE, Early Modern English, Creole. [You must resubmit your original test when you do the makeup: you’ll get both back.]


Week of 18 February: READING WEEK


Week of 25 February: OE vocabulary, OE syntax 2

                        Crystal 22-27.

                        Millward 115-143, 107-115.

          Extract for discussion: Rigg Nos. 10 and 11; the OE poem (handout).


Week of 4 March: Middle English (ME) background: vocabulary, dialects

                   Crystal chapter 4. esp 30ff and 46-53.

                   Millward chapter 6, esp. 142-146, 195-216.

          Extracts for discussion: Rigg Nos. 5-6, 9.

                        A Middle English lyric or two (handout).



                        *deadline extended by a week


Week of 11 March: ME spelling and phonology

                   Crystal 40-43

                   Millward 146-162

          Extracts for discussion: Rigg Nos. 1-2; Peterborough Chronicle (handout).



Week of 18 March: ME noun phrase

                   Crystal 44-45.

                   Millward 162-174.

          Extracts for discussion: Rigg Nos. 3-4.



Week of 25 March: ME verb phrase

                        Crystal 44-45.

                   Millward 174-181.

          Extracts for discussion: Rigg Nos. 10-11.



Week of 1 April: ME syntax

                   Crystal 44-45.

                   Millward 181-195.

          Extracts for discussion: Rigg No. 12.






Week of 8 April: Chaucer's Miller's Tale; the C15th, printing and standardization

Text for Tuesday: "The Miller's Prologue and Tale" from The Canterbury Tales

                        Crystal 54-57.


->      TAKE-HOME TEST DUE 12th April, 6 pm. Hard copy only!