BASocial History of English

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Lectures

Main Instructor

Frančiška Trobevšek Drobnak, PhD


Frančiška Trobevšek Drobnak, PhD

Course Description

The course provides the social and historical background of both standards of the English language, with  the following topics in the centre of attention: Germanic lexicon and structure of Old English. The Norman Conquest and the subsequent subjugation of English. The restoration of English as the official language in England and the revolutionary changes to the lexicon and structure of Middle English. The influx of foreign words and major steps towards the standardization of English after Renaissance. The social and historical background of American English and major British dialects.


Baugh, A. C. et al. 1993. A History of the English Language. London 1993: Routledge. Izbrana poglavja (3-8), str.: 41-247.

Fennel, B. A. 2001. A History of English. A Sociolinguistic Approach. Oxford in Melbourne: Blackwell Publishing. Izbrana poglavja (1-6), str.: 1-207.

Graddol, D. et al. 1996. English History, Diversity and Change. London: Routledge. Izbrana poglavja (5-7), str.: 180-288.


Final written examination. Grading scale: 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail)