Varieties of English and the History of English (Angol nyelvi változatok és az angol nyelv története) in spring 2015
Nádasdy Ádám, Tue 10:00–11:30, Thu 10:00–11:30, R414, R414, host: DELG (R301)
5-credit lecture, 60 h/term; strong prereq: BMA-ANGD-A1 A2 A3 A4
description & set texts
This course meets twice a week: there will be both lecture-type and seminar-type sessions during term. The course surveys the external and internal history of English, from its Indo-European roots to its present-day spread and varieties. Special points:

– Major sound-changes (OE Umlaut & Palatalization, ME Open Syllable Lengthening, EMoE Great Vowel Shift).

- Changes in the shape of the grammar: from synthesis to analysis, the decline of inflexion, the emergence of fixed word order. The development of verb forms.

– Vocabulary: word formation, semantic change, borrowing (from Scandinavian, Latin, French).

– The principles of etymology, comparison and reconstruction. History of Spelling.

– Dialects, accents and standards.

Set text: Pyles and Algeo, The Origins and Development of the English Language , 6th ed. 2010. Downloadable from (The 4th ed., 1993, may also be safely used – there is no essential difference.)

requirements & assessment
Attendance is NOT obligatory.

Prelims: there will be 3 non-obligatory Preliminary in-class tests during term, whose points count towards the end-term exam.

Endterm exam (written): takes place during the exam period (May-June). This exam will take 2 1/2 hours, and will cover the whole of the prescribed textbook.