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History of the English Language, 2nd Edition

Investigate the remarkable history of English, from the powerful prose of King Alfred in the Middle Ages to the modern-day sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego.

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36 Lectures

1
Image of Introduction to the Study of Language
Introduction to the Study of Language
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2
Image of The Historical Study of Language
The Historical Study of Language
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3
Image of Indo-European and the Prehistory of English
Indo-European and the Prehistory of English
0 of 28 min
4
Image of Reconstructing Meaning and Sound
Reconstructing Meaning and Sound
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5
Image of Historical Linguistics and Studying Culture
Historical Linguistics and Studying Culture
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6
Image of The Beginnings of English
The Beginnings of English
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7
Image of The Old English Worldview
The Old English Worldview
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8
Image of Did the Normans Really Conquer English?
Did the Normans Really Conquer English?
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Image of What Did the Normans Do to English?
What Did the Normans Do to English?
0 of 29 min
10
Image of Chaucer's English
Chaucer's English
0 of 29 min
11
Image of Dialect Representations in Middle English
Dialect Representations in Middle English
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12
Image of Medieval Attitudes toward Language
Medieval Attitudes toward Language
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13
Image of The Return of English as a Standard
The Return of English as a Standard
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14
Image of The Great Vowel Shift and Modern English
The Great Vowel Shift and Modern English
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15
Image of The Expanding English Vocabulary
The Expanding English Vocabulary
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16
Image of Early Modern English Syntax and Grammar
Early Modern English Syntax and Grammar
0 of 28 min
17
Image of Renaissance Attitudes toward Teaching English
Renaissance Attitudes toward Teaching English
0 of 31 min
18
Image of Shakespeare—Drama, Grammar, Pronunciation
Shakespeare—Drama, Grammar, Pronunciation
0 of 29 min
19
Image of Shakespeare—Poetry, Sound, Sense
Shakespeare—Poetry, Sound, Sense
0 of 31 min
20
Image of The Bible in English
The Bible in English
0 of 30 min
21
Image of Samuel Johnson and His Dictionary
Samuel Johnson and His Dictionary
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22
Image of New Standards in English
New Standards in English
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23
Image of Dictionaries and Word Histories
Dictionaries and Word Histories
0 of 31 min
24
Image of Values, Words, and Modernity
Values, Words, and Modernity
0 of 32 min
25
Image of The Beginnings of American English
The Beginnings of American English
0 of 31 min
26
Image of American Language from Webster to Mencken
American Language from Webster to Mencken
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27
Image of American Rhetoric from Jefferson to Lincoln
American Rhetoric from Jefferson to Lincoln
0 of 31 min
28
Image of The Language of the American Self
The Language of the American Self
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29
Image of American Regionalism
American Regionalism
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30
Image of American Dialects in Literature
American Dialects in Literature
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31
Image of The Impact of African-American English
The Impact of African-American English
0 of 33 min
32
Image of An Anglophone World
An Anglophone World
0 of 31 min
33
Image of The Language of Science
The Language of Science
0 of 32 min
34
Image of The Science of Language
The Science of Language
0 of 29 min
35
Image of Linguistics and Politics in Language Study
Linguistics and Politics in Language Study
0 of 30 min
36
Image of Conclusions and Provocations
Conclusions and Provocations
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g********m
January 26, 2019
Great course. It gave me a better appreciation for the OED as a resource.

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a********m
July 5, 2018
This is a fascinating look at basic linguistics and the history of English. I especially loved the early lectures on the origins of English and the comparisons of Old English, Middle English, and Modern English. The professor covers a surprising amount of material, and even though I majored in English in college, I learned a great deal from this course.

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h********m
November 26, 2016
Excellent course. Very well presented.

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