Philology

A Brief History: English Standardization

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Hello and welcome to another philology post!

This time I want to talk about the standardization of the English language (and with want I mean; also kinda have to because the exam is nearly upon us :O). I might have mislead you there a tiny bit with the title, because it’s going to be as brief as I can make it (the can depending on what I think is worthy of being in this blogpost). I have based this blogpost mainly on my notes from the lectures & tutorials, and¬†The Stories of English¬†by David Chrystal (if you want to read a book about English standardization, this book is a great start). Any other sources will be mentioned in the text (if online source there will be a link to the website).
I don’t claim to know everything, so if you find a flaw in my work do let me know!

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Medieval England: History, Society and the Old English Language #5

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Hello and welcome to the last part of this series.

I know that I’ve said that this series was going to have six parts, but I’ve decided that it was best to just keep the language part in one piece. For this part of the series I’ll mostly use information from: Introduction to Old English by Peter. S. Baker. As usual: if I find any other relevant information, I will give the link in the text.

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Medieval England: History, Society and the Old English Language #1

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Welcome back to round two of my Medieval England Short Series!

This time I will go a little bit further back in time to Anglo-Saxon England. I will tell you some more about the history, society and the Old English language from roughly 450-1100 AD, starting with the Anglo-Saxon invasion and ending with the battle of Hastings.

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Medieval England: Language, society and The Canterbury Tales #6

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Hello and welcome to the last part of this short series about Medieval England from 1066 to give or take 1500 CE.
This time I would like to spend some time on the following subjects:

  • Medieval methods of instruction
    • Scholasticism
    • Exemplum
    • Allegory
  • Meanings of a Medieval text
  • Auctoritas

Again I want to give a shout out to my tutors who provided most of the information. Other sources are mentioned in the text and when there’s a useful website I’ll put in the link.

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