English: the First 4,000 Years

The pages below are for the next course on “English: the first 4,000 years”. Please join u3a Interest Groups Online and get on the Beacon database. Mondays at 6:00 on Zoom.

Session one grammatical Intuitions; verb tense- modality-aspect 31/10/22

Session two vowels and consonants 07/11/22

Session three Proto Indo European 14/11/22

Session four PIE 2, spoken dialogues 21/11/22

Session five Proto Germanic sentient trees, Asgard 28/11/22

Session six The Danish branch; sh & sk words 05/12/22

Session seven Old English 12/12/22

Session 8 OE 2 Aelfric’s colloquy 19/12/22

Break 26/12/22

Session 9: Welsh & Scots Gaelic why so little influence? 02/01/23

Session 10 the Danish creolisation hypothesis 09/01/23

Session 11 place names in Danish and Old English 16/01/23

Session 12 Ancrene Wisse (‘wisdom of anchoresses’) 23/01/23

Session 13 “Which king’s English?” Laghamon 30/01/23

Session 14 Chancery standard; creolisation revisited 06/02/23

Session 15 Chaucer 13/02/23

Session 16 The Pearl advanced ME poetry

Session 17 Norman French

Session 18 consonant phonology and Wace’s Roman de Brut

Session 19: The Great Vowel Shift, The Speech Chain

session 20 William Tyndale Greek morphology

Session 21 Spelling in Modern English

Session 22 Chomsky’s Minimalism

Session 23 swearing

Session 24 identity politics

Session 25 Conservative Dialects – children’s lore, Potteries, Wells’ accents

Session 26 Icelandic (Conservative 2) Lakeland

Session 27 Black Country (Conservative 3)

Easter break

Session 28 Birmingham

Session 29 Hindustani contact

Session 30 English as second language language contact

Session 31 The information Age Tolkien, acronyms, virtual currency

Session 32 secret languages Polari, rhyming slang

Session 33 Comparing 2000 BCE with 2023

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