III. Development of English


The course will show the origins, changes, and reasons for changes in the grammar, sounds, orthography, and vocabulary of English from the beginnings of the language to modern times. The program will be divided into four main parts: Old English (500-1100), Middle English (1100-1500), Early Modern English (1500-1700), and Modern English (1700 onwards). Both internal (linguistic, systemic) and external (socio-cultural) aspect of the history of the English language will be covered.


Requirements and assessment:
Credits will be based on attendance (80%), active course work (including home reading tests), seminar paper (oral presentation) and final written test.


Recommended literature:
Baugh, A. C., Cable, T.: A History of the English Language. London, 1993.
Hladký, J.: An Old English, Middle English, and Early-New English Reader. Brno, 1992.
Hladký, J.: A Guide to Pre-Modern English. Brno, 2003.
Kavka, S.: Nástin dějin anglického jazyka. Ostrava, 1991.
Kavka, S.: Past and Present of the English Language. Ostrava, 2007.

Singh, I.: The History of English. London, 2005.
Svoboda, A.: The Development of English. Prešov, 2005.
Vachek, J., Firbas, J.: Historický pohled na dnešní angličtinu. Praha, 1966.
Vachek, J.: A Brief Survey of the Historical Development of English. Praha, 1966.
Vachek, J.: Historický vývoj angličtiny. Praha, 1966.





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