I will be offering my very popular history of the English language course this fall at Carleton University's Learning in Retirement Program.
The Rollicking Story of the English LanguageLecturer: Katherine Barber
Lecture series description: This lecture series is an entertaining survey of the influences that have shaped English vocabulary over the years, covering the Anglo-Saxon and Viking origins, the influx of Norman French and Central French, later Latin and Greek borrowings, standardization and French borrowing in the 18th century, international borrowing since the 18th century, and Canadian and American English. Linguistic developments will be linked to the social and political events with which they coincided. Topics will include why English spelling is so difficult.
Fridays, September 18th – October 23rd
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building
Lectures, discussions, film clips
Fee: $130.00 (HST included)
Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
Registration for all lecture series begins on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration details can be found on Carleton's website: carleton.ca/linr/registration/