Please note that this course will meet in Regnier Hall, Room 153 on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. This is a different classroom than was published in the catalog, although it is just down the hall.
Course detail: OSH067 - English: The Long, Twisting, Messy Trail of How a Language Gets Made
In its earliest stage, English was regarded as a barbarian's language, suitable for bawdy tavern banter but inappropriate for discourses in finer topics-philosophy or the arts. Over time, German, Latin, French, and ancient tribal languages combined to create what we call English. We will explore how invasions of Britain left their marks on the land and the language, how the invention of the printing press accelerated the adoption and distribution of English, and how kings and commoners contributed to its worldwide dominance. We will feature short readings from classic English texts-Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and a few modern rap songs.