Exploring the english language

Exploring the English Language Through Time

The Course

This workshop considers the development of the English language from Old English, via Middle English through to Early Modern English by exploring selected works from each of these time periods. Our linguistic and cultural journey will include selected texts by Chaucer and Shakespeare amongst others, as well as a detailed analysis of parts of the Old English poem Beowulf.

The Tutor

Dr Catherine Watts taught the History of the English Language at the University of Brighton for over 35 years. She is now affiliated to the universities of Heidelberg in Germany, Alcalá de Henares in Spain and Shanghai in China where she teaches the same subject area, as well as teacher education. She is currently writing a textbook for Routledge Publishers on the etymology behind nineteenth-century science.

Participant Information

All materials will be provided by the tutor in the form of a small anthology which you can take away with you at the end. Participants might wish to bring a notepad or paper.

Fee & Refreshments

£70 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

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Fri 3 September 2021






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