Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
PhD English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 611 History of English Language Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
6 0

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vildana Dubravac, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course surveys the development of the English language from its Indo-European past to the present day. The course begins with a discussion of attitudes towards language change and of motivations for and mechanisms of linguistic change. Considering next the prehistoric changes from Proto-Indo-European to Germanic, the course then examines the structure and vocabulary of English through its major periods: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English. The course focuses on changes in sounds (phonology), in forms of words and their endings (morphology), in sentence structure (syntax), in spelling (orthography), in meanings of words (semantics), and in vocabulary (lexicon).

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Language and the English language
  3. Letters and sounds of English
  4. The Old English
  5. From Old to Middle English
  6. Middle English
  7. Early Modern English
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Modern English
  10. English around the world
  11. Language changes: linguistic and semantic
  12. Language changes: morphological
  13. Language changes: syntactic
  14. Project
  15. Project


    • Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    • Demonstration
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)30
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • • Master major aspects of the history of the English language.
    • • Develop an overall understanding of language change as it applies to all languages.
    • • Understand the linguistic consequences of various kinds of cultural contact, from invasion and conquest through trade to immigration and settlement of peoples in a new land.
    • Algeo, J. (2010), The Origins and Development of the English Language, Wadsworth Publishing
    • Trask, R.L. (1996) Historical Linguistics. Oxford University Press.

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0