Ænglisc Is Wyrd: A History of the English Language

In this lecture-based class, a language professional will tell you why, exactly, English is so weird! Starting with a brief mention of English’s ancient father Proto-Indo-European, we will focus on the political, social, and cultural changes that lead from Old English to Middle English to Early Modern English. Languages that significantly influenced modern English will also be mentioned. To clearly grasp the changes, we will follow several words and phrases as their shape and meaning changes over time. This class is designed to familiarize students with different linguistic and grammatical aspects of the English language to prepare them for exploring the many varieties of historic English.

Hwaet saegst thu? An Introduction to Old English

Old English was the language of the Anglo-Saxons, spoken and written from roughly the 5th century through the 11th century. We will cover basic grammar, pronunciation, and resources for translating Old English. We will also discuss the importance of poetry in reading and understanding Old English. Sources will primarily be from period, with some modern sources and phrases useful for the SCA.

Research 101 & 102 — Academic Research for the SCA

Description forthcoming. 

Historical Knitting

Description forthcoming. This is a lecture class.


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