ERIC Number: ED327856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Word History: A Guide to Understanding the English Language.
Smith, Carl B.; Reade, Eugene W.
This book is intended to help teachers in the upper grades lead their students toward an understanding of the history of the English language. It demonstrates the value of studying language history and provides material and suggestions which can be used to complement a language arts program. The book stresses making students aware of the development of the English language and helping them understand more fully the reasons for current conventions of spelling and grammar. It presents a brief survey of the history of English, focusing on outside influences as well as on characteristics of the language and its literature. Following an introduction, the book contains five chapters: (1) The Origin of English; (2) Old English (c. 450-1100); (3) Middle English (c. 1100-1500); (4) Early Modern English (c. 1500-1800); and (5) American English. At the end of each chapter a few exercises are provided which suggest ways in which students may work with the language of that period. A list of 51 references concludes the book. (SR)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, English, English Instruction, Secondary Education, Study Guides, Word Study Skills
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th St., Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698 ($9.95 plus postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Historical Materials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Bloomington, IN.