The current website – Studying the History of English – is intended as a resource for linguistics students at various levels who are concerned with the history of the English language. The material in this website is organised into sections, each of which corresponds to a menu on the top row of the desktop. Each menu then leads to a series of sub-menus which contain texts explaining various aspects of the topic of the particular menu. Because of the size of texts, some sub-menus lead to a screen showing a tree on the left and a window on the right, e.g. in the sub-menu on Vocabulary under the Levels menu. You click on the node of a tree to have the associated item displayed on the right. Click on the last node of a tree, labelled Exit to desktop, to return to the initial screen of the website. For texts without an associated tree there is a button at the very top which is labelled Desktop. Clicking on this has the same effect.
The information on this website has been deposited here to allow students to access information on the history of English with maximum ease in the hope that this will heighten their interest in and improve their knowledge of the subject. The material here, the texts, the timelines, the galleries, the bibliographies, etc. have been compiled by the author of this website, Raymond Hickey, and if you use this data for your own work — term essays, publications, presentations or whatever — then you are asked to acknowledge this accordingly.
Remember that for phonetic symbols to be properly displayed on your computer you must download the supplied phonetic font. Go to the sub-menu Technical help in the current menu.
You can browse through this website by navigating through the menus and sub-menus which can be accessed on the top line of the desktop. Alternatively, you can go to the map for the entire website and choose a section from the list presented there.
|English in England|
|Terms for the history of English|
|Early Modern English|
|Researchers and writers|
|Portraits of figures|
|Old English (maps)|
|Middle English (maps)|
|Early Modern English (maps)|
|Companion website Studying Varieties of English|
|References for the history of English|
|Levels of language|
|Phonetics and phonology|
|Morphology and syntax|
|Semantics and pragmatics|
|History of English|
|Links and Sources|
|Websites for the history of English|
|Corpora and software for the history of English|