EKIP504 The Story of English, 2 op


Course content: Lectures, background reading and exercises on key aspects of the history of English.

Aims of study: The course introduces students to the use and users of the English language, and to its development from a regionally spoken language to a world language. After completing the course students will be able to

  • describe the changes that have occurred in English through centuries (in its pronunciation, orthography, grammar, and vocabulary), from the Old English period to the present day
  • describe the regional and social variation in Present-day English
  • explain the developments of the English language from the viewpoint of both language history and sociolinguistics
  • understand the political, economic, technological, and cultural reasons for the spread of English.

Methods of study: 

  •  Lectures, readings and exercises
  •  A short research essy

Teacher: Anne Karppinen

Dates and times:

26 Sep: 9.00 - 12.00
24 Oct: 13.00 - 16.00
14 Nov: 9.00 - 16.00

Note that you can participate on some or all of the lectures from home. See the notice board for the latest information.
Recommended reading: Svartvik, Jan & Leech, Geoffrey: English - One Tongue, Many Voices. Palgrave MacMillan 2016 (2. painos). Luvut 2-6, 9.


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