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The History of the English Language, Part II
The History of the English Language Part II Author:Seth Lerer Professor Lerer's stimulating course might best be described as an engaging "mosaic" of the lanugage we use daily. It is a literary, historical, cultural, political and scientific treatment. It tells us about the distant past - but also about how the past informs the present. And the course is about language as an organic phenomenon, constant... more »ly changing accordint to time, place, and the innovations of genius.
Part II spans the English language from the late Renaissance period to the 20th century. You'll study the Great Vowel Shift, changes in syntax and grammar, as well as the contributions of Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, and the Oxford English Dictionary.
Professor Seth Lerer chairs the Comparative Literature Department at Stanford University. He has published books on Chaucer, Anglo-Saxon Literature, and English in the age of Henry VIII. He also has published scores of articles and reviews on the history of English and some of its greatest writers.« less