The History of the English Language, 2nd Edition : The Great Courses: Linguistics

  • by The Great Courses, Seth Lerer
  • Narrated by Professor Seth Lerer
  • Series: The Great Courses: Linguistics
  • 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

This course offers an overview of the English language that is literary, historical, cultural, political, and scientific in its scope and designed to give you greater insight into the written and spoken word.The lectures provide a thorough understanding of the history of the English language - from its origins as a dialect of the Germanic-speaking peoples through the literary and cultural documents of its 1,500-year span to the state of American speech today.
Professor Lerer defines concepts by illustrating them with copious examples. He often speaks in the dialect appropriate to each lecture - be it Old English, Chaucer’s Middle English, or the colloquial style of Mark Twain’s most unforgettable characters.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses