Introduction-Nature and origin of language – Human languages and animal communicationtheories – History of language –Language Families- Indo-European-Germanic group- Grimm’s Law, Verner’s Law- Centum-Satam languages-Descent of English.
Periods of the English language – Anglo Saxon and Old English- Celtic, Latin and Scandinavian influences-The Norman Conquest: its impact on English-French Influence.
Middle English-Features- Foreign influence- ME Dialects- Chaucer, Spencer, Shakespeare, Milton-Impact of Bible translations-The rise of Standard English.
Modern English-Printing Press-Changes in pronunciation and grammar-Spelling ReformEvolution of Dictionary-Dr. Johnson-Slang and Standard speech-English dialects.
Evolution of English as a global language-Word formation and growth of vocabulary-SemanticsChanges of Meaning-Processes-Varieties of English.