English 101: History and Structure of the English Language

Tues & Thurs 1:00
Sever Hall

Weekly Lecture and Discussion Topics

Read the textbook chapters before lecture: P&A: Pyles and Algeo; C: Crystal; B&C: Baugh and Cable. Do the workbook exercises before section.

LECTURE NOTES

TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS

WEBSITE WORKBOOK
EXERCISES FOR SECTION

2/2

Introduction

 

Oxford English Dictionary exercises, using the online third edition of the OED. Harvard access only

2/7

Semantics: how do words mean?

P&A ch. 1, 10, 11
C: ch. 8, 9, 10

Do all the exercises in the "Semantics and Lexicon" section of the workbook

2/9

The speech sounds of English

P&A ch. 2, 3
C: ch 17, 18

The first six exercises in "Phonology and Morphology"

2/14

Phonology, Morphology

C: 14, 15

The remaning exercises in "Phonology and Morphology"

 

2/16

The place of English among Indo-European languages

P&A ch. 4

Link the first four exercises in "Indo-European"

 

2/21

Rasmus Rask; Grimm's law; Verner's law

 

the last four exercises in "Indo-European"

2/23

1. Introduction to Old English: spelling and phonology

2. Bring This Handout to Lecture

3. Bring This Second Handout to Lecture

C: 2, 3

To hear Old English, try this link.

the first three Old English exercises

2/28

Old English and morphology

P&A ch. 5

the next four OE exercises

3/2

Old English I-Mutation, syntax; Scandinavian influences

 

the last two OE Exercises

3/7

Introduction to Middle English

Handout: bring to lecture

2nd Handout to bring

Middle English electronic resources

P&A ch. 6

 

the first three exercises and "Transcription" in the "Middle English Page"

3/9

Middle English inflections and sound changes

C: ch. 4

"Lengthening" and "Pronunciation"

3/14

Latin and French loanwords

Dialect Lecture notes

Dialect maps to bring to lecture: One, Two, Three

Read B&C ch. 1 - 7 before the midterm

Syntax; and Dialect Maps

3/16

Introduction to early Modern English

and Review for Miterm
 

Key terms for early Modern English

3/21

Midterm

 

 

3/23

Tudor Vowel Shift; other sound changes

sections this week meet in Houghton Library to look at old books and manuscripts

Player for Vowel Shift; Ryming Pairs, Transcription; Early Modern Music ; Shakespeare video

 
SPRING
BREAK  

4/4

Review TVS; verbs, pronouns

P&A ch. 7
C: ch. 5

minor vowel changes ; Genitives ; the verb Do ; -ough words ; Verb Morphology

4/6

Early modern debates over the status of English

P&A ch. 8
B&C ch. 8

Vowel Review ; Thou/You and other pronouns (CAT) ;

Quiz for -gh- words; quiz for "do"

4/11

the first Dictionaries, Grammars

P&A ch. 9
C: ch. 19

Key Terms;
Dictionary exercise
;
Vowel Review; Grammar Books
first project due in section this week

4/13

Venerable Usage Controversies

 

Key Terms

4/18

American English, Federalism, and Noah Webster

P&A ch. 9
B&C ch. 11

Second project due in section

4/20

Dialects of American English

C: ch 20

Dictionary of American Regional English; read "The Anatomy of a DARE Entry" and listen to "Arthur the Rat"

4/25

Spanglish; the English of African Americans

 

Third project due in section

4/27

Pidgins and creoles; world English

handouts for lecture:
1. Tok Pisin samples


2. Pidgins and Creoles around the world

 

Key Terms;
handouts: ; read today's news in Tok Pisin , then listen to the headlines through Radio Australia

Learn to speak Jamaican Patois ; and practice reading it

5/2

Speech Acts

 

 

5/4

Language and Gender

C: ch. 21, 22

5/16 Reading Period review    
  Final Exam Mon 5/22