Date of event or class - Tue 31 Jul
Tutor/Facilitator Jim Pribble
Frequency Weekly, 10 sessions to 18 Sep
Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 3
This course is based on two programs from the Great Courses series – The Story of Human Language (presenter Dr John McWhorter) and The History of the English Language (presenter Dr Seth Lerer). Each week will feature two 30-minute lectures from these programs, and include time for discussion.
Week 1: What is Language / When Language Began
Week 2: Language Families – Indo European / A New Perspective on the Story of English
Week 3: The Beginnings of English / The Old English Worldview
Week 4: Did the Normans Really Conquer English? / What did the Normans do to English?
Week 5: Chaucer’s English / The Return of English as a Standard
Week 6: Shakespeare – Drama, Grammar, Pronunciation / Shakespeare – Poetry, Sound, Sense
Week 7: The Bible in English / New Standards in English
Week 8: The Beginnings of American English / American Dialects in Literature
Week 9: Language Starts Over –Pidgins / Language Starts Over – Creoles
Week 10: Dialects – The Fallacy of Blackboard Grammar / An Anglophone World / Conclusions
TUTOR: Jim has an MSc Biological Research degree, with 30 years experience in natural resource management/research in Oregon, USA and within the Victorian Government. He is an author of many technical papers and reports, and is an experienced public speaker.