The history of the English Language
English Language interactive timeline - click to launch flash timeline
Timeline of the English language (English Club)
History of the English Language - University of Toronto
Studying the History of English - Duisburg Essen University, Germany
Are there more than 26 letters in the English alphabet? (Oxford dictionaries)
Unit 2: Language change
In this unit, students focus on language change. Languages are dynamic and language change is an inevitable and a continuous process. Students consider factors contributing to change over time in the English language and factors contributing to the spread of English. They explore texts from the past and from the present, considering how all subsystems of the language system are affected – phonetics and phonology, morphology and lexicology, syntax, discourse and semantics. Attitudes to language change vary considerably and these are also considered.
In addition to developing an understanding of how English has been transformed over the centuries, students explore the various possibilities for the future of English. They consider how the global spread of English has led to a diversification of the language and to English now being used by more people as an additional or a foreign language than as a first language. Contact between English and other languages has led to the development of geographical and ethnic varieties, but has also hastened the decline of indigenous languages. Students consider the cultural repercussions of the spread of English.
Language Change Across Subsystems
Factors driving language change - English Works
How social media is changing language - Oxford Words blog
Word origins - Oxford English Dictionaries
5. What can you see?
8. The Indo-European language family
11. Independent research task
15. Boom! Boom!
20. The Great English Vowel Shift
23. Holding on to our history
26. An ever-changing lexicon
29. The story of Tom
32. Changing meaning
33. Impacting the change
36. Language change: creating variation
1. The British Invasion
3. English goes to Australia
6. Compare contemporary Australian English with Old English
9. Map the spread of P.I.E. languages
16. Bringing our spelling together
18. "ghoti" is pronounced like "fish"
21. Changes to syntax
24. Activity: Putting sentences together
27. An ever-changing lexicon
30. The story of Tom
34. Attitudes to language change: prescriptivism vs descriptivism
37. Possibilities for the future of English: Is it here to stay?
4. Australian English
7. Relationships still alive today
10. Proto Indo-European
17. It still wasn't perfect though
19. Unit 2: language change
22. Contrasting languages
25. An ever-changing lexicon
28. An ever-changing lexicon
31. Changing meaning
35. Language change vs language variation
38. Assessment ideas