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Exploring the English language

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How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What are the social and political contexts that have affected how these changes have come about? This free course, Exploring the English language, will consider the development of the English language from the 15th to the 19th century.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how the English language has changed over time from its origins to the present day
  • understand the relationship between the history of the English language and social and political processes
  • understand methods of enquiry into English language, viewed diachronically and synchronically with awareness of the limitations of any one approach
  • deploy skills in handling information relating to quantification in various aspects including time in relation to the courses historical aspect and very simple presentation of statistical data
  • demonstrate an awareness of a range of techniques in linguistics for the analysis of data including those related to corpora.

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