History of the English Language

Module code: EN1040
Module co-ordinator: TBC

In this module you will study the development of the English language since the 'Old English' period. We will cover a range of key issues related to the study of language. As part of the module, you will undertake a group project, analysing data and presenting it convincingly.

Topics covered

  • Language variation and language change in historical, and related contemporary, contexts
  • Regional and national variations in language
  • Etymology
  • Semantics
  • Morphology
  • Orthography
  • Grammar


  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 9 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour of tutorials
  • 180 hours of guided independent study


  • Presentation on a group project, 10 minutes (50%)
  • Essay, 2,000 words (50%)