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History of the English Language - Chapter Summary
This comprehensive chapter traces the history of the English language from Old English through Modern English. By studying these engaging video and text lessons, you'll review the characteristics of each period of the English language and summarize the developments and influences that led to its evolution. You'll also study specific literary examples that illustrate these periods of the English language.
After completing the lessons in chapter, you should be able to:
- Summarize the history of the English in terms of its development and influences
- Recognize examples of the Anglo-Saxon period
- Identify characteristics and literature of the Middle English period
- Understand the major developments in the evolution of Modern English
This chapter's bite-sized lessons are taught by expert English instructors who designed each lesson to be concise, informative and memorable. You'll find highlighted definitions and examples that cover only the information you need to know. After reading/watching each lesson, you can take a short self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand these English language characteristics. Complete the chapter in sequence to gain a full perspective of the development of the English language or jump to a particular topic by using your course Dashboard and interactive video timelines. You can also print lesson transcripts to supplement your study.
1. History of the English Language: Influences & Development
Ever wonder how English came to be the language it is today? This video lesson gives a brief account of how English has transformed during the last few thousand years of history.
2. Old English: Definition & Examples
Old English literature started with the Anglo-Saxons in the fifth century, and it provides the foundation for all English literature. Learn more about the history of Old English literature in this lesson.
3. Middle English: Definition & Literature
The Middle English period was a time rich in literature and the arts, and it ranged from approximately 1100-1500 A.D. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the key characteristics and literary accomplishments of this era.
4. Major Developments in the Evolution of Modern English
The English language as we speak it now has evolved and adapted with our changing world. This lesson will provide a brief history of the English language and the major events that affected its development.
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