This is the website for English 454/554: History of the English Language at Washington State University.  Anyone is welcome to visit, but the site is primarily for students enrolled in that class.

Contact Information
Office: Avery 347
Telephone: 335-2117 (office)/332-2591 (home)
Office Hours: TTh 2:45-3:45 and by appointment


  • Reminders
    Quiz 6 is scheduled for Thursday, 17 November.  It will cover the Great English Vowel Shift (and other sound changes), types of semantic change, and the development of the second person pronoun in EModE.

    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:31 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Reminders/Announcements
    (1) Quiz 5 is scheduled for Tuesday, 1 November 2016.
    (2) Sample in-class and take-home final exams are now posted on the Class Notes and Handouts page.

    Posted Oct 31, 2016, 7:30 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Quiz 4
    Reminder that the fourth quiz is scheduled for Thursday, 6 October.
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 12:38 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • First Quiz
    The first quiz will be on Thursday, 8 September.  It will be on phonetics: like the first homework, you will have to transcribe English words phonetically and identify English words represented phonetically.
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 2:55 PM by Lynn Gordon
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