ENG367Y (History of the English Language): Second term schedule
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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.
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.
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
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
Millward 82-89, 101-105.
Extract for discussion: Rigg No. 2.
Week of 11 February:
OE grammar: strong verbs, preterite-present verbs
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
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).
-> OLD ENGLISH TRANSLITERATION ASSIGNMENT DUE March 5th, 6pm.
*deadline extended by a week
Extracts for discussion: Rigg Nos. 1-2; Peterborough Chronicle (handout).
Week of 18 March: ME noun phrase
Extracts for discussion: Rigg Nos. 3-4.
Week of 25 March: ME verb phrase
Extracts for discussion: Rigg Nos. 10-11.
Week of 1 April: ME syntax
for discussion: Rigg No. 12. -> RECEIVE TAKE-HOME TESTS
IN CLASS ON THURSDAY APRIL 4th. Week
of 8 April: Chaucer's Miller's Tale; the C15th, printing and
-> RECEIVE TAKE-HOME TESTS IN CLASS ON THURSDAY APRIL 4th.
Week of 8 April: Chaucer's Miller's Tale; the C15th, printing and standardizationText for Tuesday: "The Miller's Prologue and Tale" from The Canterbury Tales
-> TAKE-HOME TEST DUE 12th April, 6 pm. Hard copy only!