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Themes in Studying the History of English

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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.



  1. History
  2. Language change
  3. Change on different levels
  4. Models of language change
  5. Language contact
  6. Dialects of English
  7. Changes in English grammar
  8. Changes in English vocabulary
  9. Standard English
  10. Writers and writings
  11. The language of Shakespeare
  12. Technical help



  1. History
  2. Language change
  3. Change on different levels
  4. Models of language change
  5. Language contact
  6. Dialects of English
  7. Changes in English grammar
  8. Changes in English vocabulary
  9. Standard English
  10. Writers and writings
  11. Shakespeare
  12. Technical help



Timelines
Indo-European background
English in England
English monarchs
English overseas



Glossary
Terms for the history of English



Gallery
Old English
Middle English
Early Modern English
Researchers and writers
Portraits of figures



Images
Runes, Inscriptions
Manuscripts
Printing
Old English (maps)
Middle English (maps)
Early Modern English (maps)



Varieties
Companion website Studying Varieties of English



Bibliographies
References for the history of English



Reviews
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