BAEnglish Historical Grammar

Credit points: 4
Contact hours: 60
Type: Lectures

Main Instructor

Frančiška Trobevšek Drobnak, PhD


Frančiška Trobevšek Drobnak, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Ability to interpret present-day English orthographic and morpho-syntactic“anomalies” in the light of historical development from Old English to New English.
  • Ability to read early English texts in the original form.


  • The history of English phonology, morphology and syntax.
  • The Old English phonemic system and its simplification in Middle English.
  • The Great Vowel Shift and other sound changes in Middle English and New English.
  • The nominal paradigm: the origin and history of plural and case endings in nouns, pronouns, adjectives and determiners.
  • Cardinal and ordinal numerals.
  • The verbal paradigm: the origin and history of finite and non-finite forms, irregular, modal and auxiliary verbs.
  • The origin and history of tenses, moods and voices.

Course Literature:

Freeborn, D. 1992. From Old English to Standard English. Bristol: Macmillian. Izbrana poglavja (1-10), str. 1-205

Goerlach, M. 1997. The Linguistic History of English. London: Macmillian. Izbrana poglavja (2-11), str. 1-154.

Trobevšek Drobnak,  F. 1993 English Historical Grammar. Ljubljana: Filozofska fakulteta. Str. 1-141


Written exam.

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.