Ch 3: The Spread & Standardization of Language

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The Spread & Standardization of Language - Chapter Summary

Our helpful instructors outline the standardization and spread of language in this chapter. Move at your own pace as you study topics including the impact of the printing press, the history of the English language and how colonialism spread languages. Along with each lesson, we've included a short quiz that can help to ensure you've understood what you've learned before moving on to the other lessons. You can get help from one of our experts by submitting any questions that come up through the Dashboard. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Detail the development and influences on the history of the English language
  • Outline the impact the printing press had on the English language
  • Discuss the professionalization and history of linguistics
  • Explain what linguistic anthropology is
  • Assess the standardization of languages
  • Describe the role of the French Academy in language development
  • Provide examples of how colonialism spread languages

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Spread & Standardization of Language
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History of the English Language: Influences & Development

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.

The Printing Press' Impact on the English Language

2. The Printing Press' Impact on the English Language

The printing press had a huge impact on many things, and language was not an exception. In this lesson, we'll see how printing affected the English language and the way it looks today.

The History & Professionalization of Linguistics

3. The History & Professionalization of Linguistics

Understanding linguistics as a field means knowing a lot about its history and how it came to be regarded as a profession and an academic field. This lesson offers an overview of the history and professionalization of linguistics.

Understanding Linguistic Anthropology

4. Understanding Linguistic Anthropology

This lesson will seek to give an overview of linguistic anthropology. In doing so, it will highlight the specialty areas of historical, descriptive, and sociolinguistics, as well as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

The Standardization of Languages

5. The Standardization of Languages

Understanding the history and sociopolitical dimensions of linguistics also involves learning about the standardization of languages. This lesson discusses what it means for languages to become standardized around the world.

What is the French Academy? - History & Role in Language Development

6. What is the French Academy? - History & Role in Language Development

What makes the French language, the French language? In this case, it's no accident. Let's get to know the French Academy and see what role it plays in the French language.

How Colonialism Spread Languages: Summary & Examples

7. How Colonialism Spread Languages: Summary & Examples

The history of language is one inextricably tied to the history of colonialism. In this lesson, we'll examine this past and see what role empire had in linguistic development, and visa versa.

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