The Adventure of English

Facilitator:    Barbara Fleming, 221-9830, bff@fjii.com
Dates:            
Mondays, March 20— May 12, 2017
Time:             
1:30 PM 3:30 PM
Text:              
The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg
Presentations: Required

The English we speak today is diverse, complicated and multi-layered. How did it get that way? In this course we will follow the adventure of our language from its earliest beginnings through invasions, setbacks and alterations as it evolved over the centuries. If you found yourself in 12th-century England, the people you encountered would be speaking English but it might sound like a foreign language to you. Come back in the 16th century and you will come much closer to hearing words that you do understand even though the style of speech will be different from what you are accustomed to. English is a descriptive language that is constantly in development. Come along while we explore its fascinating journey through the centuries.