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Introduction to English Linguistics

Universität Paderborn

Universität Paderborn

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Langue English
Catégorie Anglais
Niveau Université
Crée / Actualisé 21.01.2015 / 16.01.2017
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Linguistic Sign

Ferdninand de Saussure

[tri¦]           expression     signifiant       sound pattern

Bild           meaning         signifié           concept



there is no internal link between the sound shape and the meaning of the linguistic sign.

Noam Chamsky

Competence- Performance

Competence: the knowledge we have of the language we grow up with

Performance: the speech we actually produce


Me Tarzan, You Jane


Opposition pairs

like competence and performance

descriptive-prescriptive: factual language use/ binding rules for correct use of the language

synchronic-diachronic: language at a specific point of time/ language changes over time

Non-constrastive-constrastive: monolingual-one language in focus/ languages are compared and contrasted

Main periods of history of English

Old English       450(700)-1100

Middle English   1100-1500

Early Modern English  500-1700

Modern English  ab 1700

Old English

Germanic tribes arrive from the middle of the fifth century

-mostly Germanic word-stock

-fully inflected

-inflections begin to be levelled

Early Modern English

introducing of printing into England by William Canxton in 1476

spread of English around the world starts (Colonisation)

-Great Vowel Shift

-Standarisation and regularisation

-large-sclae borrowing from Latin, Greek, French and other European languages

Middle English

Norman Conquest in 1066 --> start Renaissance--> End

-enormous influx of French vocabulary

-levelld inflections

-Great Vowel Shift starts

Modern English

English as a global language

-almost no inflections

-borrowing from many languages world-wide