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The history of the English language

Author: Maya L Drake; James Blandford; Seth Lerer; Teaching Company.
Publisher: Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Co., ©2008.
Series: Great courses (DVD)., Literature & language.
Edition/Format:   DVD video   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This course introduces the student to the history of the English language, from its origins as a dialect of the Germanic-speaking peoples, through the literary and cultural documents of its 1500 year span, to the state of American speech of the present day.
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Genre/Form: Instructional films
Educational films
Filmed lectures
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maya L Drake; James Blandford; Seth Lerer; Teaching Company.
ISBN: 9781598034028 1598034022 9781490689289 1490689281
OCLC Number: 221707725
Notes: "Course No. 2250."
Lectures 1-36 of 36 30-minute lectures on 6 discs in 3 containers.
Course guidebook includes lecture outlines and notes, a time line, glossary, biographical notes, and bibliography.
Credits: Editors, John McNeill, Dan Shine.
Performer(s): Taught by Professor Seth Lerer, Stanford University.
Description: 6 videodiscs (approximately 1080 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 218 pages ; 20 cm).
Details: DVD.
Contents: pt. 1. Lecture 1. Introduction to the study of language --
Lecture 2. The historical study of language --
Lecture 3. Indo-European and the prehistory of English --
Lecture 4. Reconstructing meaning and sound --
Lecture 5. Historical linguistics and studying culture --
Lecture 6. The beginnings of English --
Lecture 7. The Old English worldview --
Lecture 8. Did the Normans really conquer English? --
Lecture 9. What did the Normans do to English? --
Lecture 10. Chaucer's English --
Lecture 11. Dialect representations in Middle English --
Lecture12. Medieval attitudes toward language. pt. 2. Lecture 13. The Return of English as a standard --
Lecture 14. The great vowel shift and modern English --
Lecture 15. The expanding English vocabulary --
Lecture 16. Early modern English syntax and grammar --
Lecture 17. Renaissance attitudes toward teaching English --
Lecture 18. Shakespeare : drama, grammar, pronunciation --
Lecture 19. Shakespeare : poetry, sound, sense --
Lecture 20. The Bible in English --
Lecture 21. Samuel Johnson and his Dictionary --
Lecture 22. New Standards in English --
Lecture 23. Dictionaries and the word histories --
Lecture 24. Values, words, and modernity. pt. 3. Lecture 25. The beginnings of American English --
Lecture 26. American language from Webster to Mencken --
Lecture 27. American rhetoric from Jefferson to Lincoln --
Lecture 28. The language of the American Self --
Lecture 29. American regionalism --
Lecture 30. American dialects in literature --
Lecture 31. The impact of African-American English --
Lecture 32. An Anglophone world --
Lecture 33. The language of science --
Lecture 34. The science of language --
Lecture 35. Linguistics and politics in language study --
Lecture 36. Conclusions and provocations.
Series Title: Great courses (DVD)., Literature & language.
Responsibility: producer, Maya L. Drake ; senior producer, James Blandford.

Abstract:

This course introduces the student to the history of the English language, from its origins as a dialect of the Germanic-speaking peoples, through the literary and cultural documents of its 1500 year span, to the state of American speech of the present day.

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