History of the English Language
CRN 80708, Section 1, MW 12:30-1:45 p. m., H/SS 210
Dr. Thomas Harrison
English Department 478-471-5793
Office: 2-4 p. m. MW
11-12 noon, 2-4 p. m. TR
and by appointment
Text: Ishtla Singh, The History of English.
Purpose: Understanding of the origins and development of English pronunciation, grammar, and spelling. Special attention to the processes of language change in sound and grammar, especially as they effect the form of modern English.
Formal Requirements: Weekly exercises; midterm and final examinations.
Student Conduct: As a Middle Georgia State College student and as a student in this class, you are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by the MGSC Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct is included in the MGSC Student Handbook and is available online at
Disability Accommodations:Students seeking academic accommodations for a special need must contact Middle Georgia State College Office of Disability Services in Macon at (478) 471-2985 or in Cochran at (478) 934-3023. Students may also visit the Disability Services Office in room 266 of the Student Life Center on the Macon campus or in Sanford Hall on the Cochran campus.
Assessment: Weekly exercises will count as about half the grade, and examinations (midterm and final) will count as the other half.
Attendance: Attendance and participation are expected. 80% attendance required regardless of circumstances.
Schedule (very approximate):
Weeks 1-2 Phonetic transcription; outline of grammar; language change: phonetic, lexical, semantic, morphological, syntactic.
Weeks 2-3 The Pre-History of English
Week 3-4 Old English
Midterm ca. Oct. 7.
Weeks 5-6 Middle English
Weeks 7 Early Modern English
Weeks 8 Modern English
Last day for "W" Oct. 16. Withdrawal Policy : Students may withdraw from the course and earn a grade of “W” up to and including the midterm date, which occurs on October 16. After midterm, students who withdraw will receive a grade of “WF.” The MGSC Withdrawal Form, which is available online or in the Office of the Registrar, must be signed by the instructor in advance of withdrawal.
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 11, 1:00-3:00 p. m.
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