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122030 VO History of English (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").



Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this lecture we shall look at the different forms which English has taken over time. We shall develop and practice methods for analysing and interpreting earlier English texts, for reconstructing properties of earlier Englishes, and for describing and explaining the changes that have given Present Day English its shape. Some of the questions raised will be: why is there so little correspondence between English spelling and pronunciation? Why are there hardly any inflectional endings in Modern English? Why are not all verbs regular?
The objective of this course is (a) to raise our awareness that English, like any natural language, is a historical system that develops, changes, and maintains its properties as it is passed on among generations of speakers, (b) to learn how to approach and deal with early unfamiliar forms of English, and (c) to practice logical reasoning in linguistic reconstruction and the explanation of language change.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Participants will be assessed on the basis of a written final test which will be held online. The written test may be complemented by an oral exam in case of apparent irregularities in the submitted exam.
In addition, there will be online quizzes throughout the term. If completed at an average of > 66%, these count as a bonus for the final exam (one grade degree if positive).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Pass grade: 60% at the final test (24 out of 40 points).
Should there be an oral component, one must likewise achieve 60% at it in order to earn a pass grade.

Grading scheme:
'Sehr gut' = 90% (36/40 points)
'Gut' = 80% (32/40 points)
'Befriedigend' = 70% (28/40 points)
'Genügend' = 60% (24/40 points)
'Nicht genügend' = <60% (<24/40 points)


The course will combine the classical lecture format with a strong E-Learning component, and independent reading tasks. Reading material will be specified for each subtopic, and handouts, quizzes as well as exercises will be provided online so that students can monitor their own progress in the course of the term.


Singh, Ishtla. 2005. The history of English. A student's guide. London: Hodder and Arnold.
(Available at English and American Studies Library & University Main Library: Lehrbuchsammlung)
Additional material will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: BA 612, EC 125, EC 126; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BA05.2, BEd Modul 10
Lehrinhalt: 12-2030

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:16