English: the First 4,000 Years

The pages below the map are for the next course on “English: the first 4,000 years” for u3a members, which will run again on Mondays at 6:00. The start date has been put back to October 31st 2022.

Session one Intuitions interrogate your linguistic knowledge 31/10/22

Session two Syntax changes in MnE Tense-Modality-Aspect 07/11/22

Session three vowels and consonants 14/11/22

Session four Chaucer and English Vowels 21/11/22

Session five Old English dialects

Session six Proto Indo European

Session seven PIE 2, spoken dialogues

Session eight Proto Germanic sentient trees, Asgard

Session nine The Danish branch; sh & sk words

Session 10: Bede and Aelfric’s colloquy

Session 11: Old English 2 Colloquy and Battle of Maldon

Session 12: Welsh & Scots Gaelic why so little influence?

Break 26/12/22

Session 13 the Danish creolisation hypothesis

Session 14 place names in Old English

Session 15 Ancrene Wisse (‘wisdom of anchoresses’)

Session 16 “Which king’s English?” Laghamon

Session 17 The Pearl advanced ME poetry

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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