A History of the English Language

A History of the English Language

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.

Title:A History of the English Language
Edition Language:English
ISBN:8144989923
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    A History of the English Language Reviews

  • Leftbanker

    My high regard for this course is mostly due to my fascination for the subject matter. There wasn’t a lot of new material here for me but it was a good review/overview of the subject. I could probab...

  • Brian Eshleman

    This particular lecture series was a significant disappointment. Although the instructor said that an understanding of the development of language in general was going to enhance our understanding of ...

  • Phillip

    This is pretty amazing. Drout begins with the hardwired origin of language to humans as a species, tells us about the sounds of language, about meaning, grammar, and other theoretical linguistic mater...

  • Peter Bradley

    The Modern Scholar: The History of the English Language by Professor Michael Drouthttps://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-re...This is a very enjoyable lecture series.The first half of the lectures deal wi...

  • Athena

    Fascinating lecture series. It delves into linguistics as a whole and then tightens up about the English language as a whole. ...

  • S.

    I'm a linguistics nerd, so this was basically and echo chamber of stuff I already like....

  • Chuck

    Michael D C Drout's "A History of the English Language" is a wide ranging set of 14 lectures, each 30 minutes in length. He covers topics from how children and adults learn languages, how languages ar...

  • David ?Skip? Everling

    More interesting than it sounds and the first half is a pretty good introduction to linguistics in general. The second half is the specific history of English, and one of the more interested parts of ...

  • Alex

    The first half is slow, but it sets up everything to follow as to how the English Language evolved. The last half of the lecture series pushed all my philological etymology buttons, walking us through...

  • Thomas

    Still just as entertaining and enlightening as the first time I listened to these lectures....