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A History of the English Language by Michael Drout

A History of the English Language

by Michael Drout

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Unabridged Edition
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8 Hrs.
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Professor Drout addresses the foundation of language and its connection to specific portions of the brain. The components of language are explained in easy-to-understand terms and the progression of the language from Germanic to Old, Middle, and Modern English is fully illustrated - including such revolutionary language upheavals as those brought about by the Norman Conquest and the Great Vowel Shift.

One of the most interesting aspects of the English language lies in its variants, such as the "soda" vs. "pop" debate and the place of African-American English in modern culture. These and other dialectual curiosities are looked at in detail and placed in the context of today's world. Finally, Professor Drout examines the future not only of the English language, but of all the world's languages.

Lecture 1 The Foundations of Language: Brain, Development, Acquisition

Lecture 2 Signs and Meanings: Semantics

Lecture 3 Sounds of Language: Phonetics

Lecture 4 Sound and Meaning: Phonology

Lecture 5 Sound Shifts and History

Lecture 6 The Rules: Syntax

Lecture 7 Words, Words, Words

Lecture 8 The History of the English Language

Lecture 9 From Germanic to Old English

Lecture 10 Borrowing and Influence: Romans, Celts, Danes (Latin, Celtic, Scandinavian)

Lecture 11 The Norman Conquest, the Influence of French, and the Development of Middle English

Lecture 12 To Modern English: The Great Vowel Shift

Lecture 13 You Say Soda, I Say Pop: Dialect, Variants, and the Development of American English

Lecture 14 A Global Language: The Present and Future of English

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