LANGUAGE VARIATION AND CHANGE IN ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL EUROPE: Old & Middle English - Old High German - Old Norse - Old Romance - Ancient Greek

OLGA FISCHER: OLD ENGLISH AND HOW IT DEVELOPED SYNTACTICALLY IN THE LATER MIDDLE AND MODERN PERIODS

Olga Fischer

(University of Amsterdam)

The course will provide insight into the principles and patterns of language change and grammar change, by learning Old English and observing changes that occurred between Old English and the present day. This includes a reasonable grasp of Old English lexis and morphosyntax so as to enable students to read, translate and appreciate the structure of Old English texts and the essentially oral nature of Old English discourse.

The course will also enable students to gain an understanding of why today’s English is the way it is.

 

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