Below are topics you could use to answer the in-class responses.

The exercise will ask you to synthesize information from the readings and exercises in the course concerning the social and historical context of language, language change and multilingualism.

Englasian/Panglish/Konglish/Manglish
Jean-Paul Nerrière
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Old English, aka Anglo-Saxon
“wordum wrixlan”
alliterative pairings
Caedmon
Alfred
Beowulf
Bayeux Tapestry
standard language
prescriptive vs descriptive language study
Great Vowel Shift
Indo-European language families
language contact
inflected language
Exeter Book
calque
loan word
Domesday Book
diphthongs
Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d’Arthur
King Arthur
Anglo-Norman
Magna Carta
Order of the Garter
Hundred Years War
Black Death
Piers Plowman
1381 Peasants’ Revolt
Wyclif Bible
Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
The General Prologue
“wordes new”
Peterborough Chronicle
Walter of Bibbesworth, Traite sur la langue francaise
Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Divine Love
inflected language
inversion of verb and object
multiplied negations
formal vs informal pronouns
“an insurgent English” (Lerer 83)
aureate style
Chancery
Chancery Standard
anacoluthon
non-phonetic spellings

END OF FIRST RESPONSE

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dialectology
“cultivated standard”
phonological transcription
“eye dialect”
linguistic atlases
Harvard dialect survey
crowdsourcing
a “dissensus text”
prestige dialect
Northumbrian/West Midland/East Midland/Southern/Kentish
“dialect joke”
Caxton’s preface to the Eneydos
the rape of Isabell Boteler
John Hart, Orthographie
Johnson’s Dictionary
lexicography
commodification of books
amanuenseis
John Locke
John Milton
prescriptivism vs descriptivism
transfer, revision, influence
Augean stable
phonetics
International Phonetic Alphabet
Unicode
Medieval Unicode Font Initiative
Webster’s Dictionary
John Witherspoon on American language
Emily Dickinson and the dictionary
H.J. Mencken
“moral obliquity” of regional pronunciation
Mark Twain’s use of dialects
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
language of technology
“idioms of performance”

END OF SECOND TOPICS

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Last and final update: 12 November 2015