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A History of the English Language (The Modern Scholar) (Audiobook)


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.

Course Syllabus
  • 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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