• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Blended

This course, taught by a specialist in the history of English grammar, will give students an overview of the history of English phonology, morphology, lexicon, and syntax as well as the development of 'new Englishes' due to colonisation.  Although it is not a literature course, it will introduce students to the nature of the literature of Early, Middle, and Early Modern English and will include discussions of how scribal and editorial practices may affect our understanding of the language of texts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the scholarship presented in the readings as well as the analytical techniques they presented in the course to analyse a wide range of syntactic and morphological structures in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English.
  2. Identify some major dialect differences in the period before the standardisation of English on the basis of the major dialect features which they have learned about in this course.
  3. Systematically analyse some differences between the grammar of the English of earlier periods and the grammar of Present Day English.
  4. Use the Oxford English Dictionary Online and other Web resources to learn independently about the history of individual words and collocations.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to summarise concisely some major literature on a given topic.
  6. Undertake independent research on a historical topic in the history of the English language and present their findings to their class.

Other Information

Co-teaching: LING2104 The History of the English Language

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation (of approx. 8 minutes): 15%.  [Learning Outomce 5]

Two analytical assignments: 20% each. [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Research paper (approx. 2,500 words): 35%. [Learning Outcome 6]. 

Literature review (approx. 800 words) 10%. [Learning Outcome 5]

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26 hours of lectures (2 per week) and 8 tutorials shared with LING2104 students, plus at least two and up to four more 6529-only tutorials as needed for the presentation of the research reports.  Students can expect to spend 9 hours per week on this course, including lectures and tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING6001. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Any readings will be outlined on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

None required



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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