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A Biography of the English Language

February 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

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Join linguist Colin Gorrie in the fifth salon in a series investigating language, this time spotlighting the history of the English language.

In this salon, we’ll turn back time to see how English once looked and sounded. We’ll look at how everything from the pronunciation to the grammar to the meaning of the words in the language has changed over the years. As we go, we’ll uncover the vast historical knowledge hidden even in everyday words.

We’ll also spotlight three great authors from the long history of the English language, and show how an understanding of their language can give us a deeper understanding of their works and times.

We’ll discuss:

  • Modern English through Shakespeare (yes, Shakespeare wrote Modern English – this may sound surprising; we’ll talk about that too!)
  • Middle English through Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales
  • Old English through Beowulf

Readings (Watchings)

Watch the following to get in the mood for some historical linguistics of English:


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February 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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