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.

Lynn Gordon
Contact Information
Office: Avery 347
Telephone: 5-2117 (office)/2-2591 (home)
Office Hours: W 3-5 and by appointment


  • Second Person Pronouns in Early Modern English
    Take a look at this handout and be prepared to discuss the use of second person pronouns in Early Modern English in class on Wednesay.
    Posted Apr 20, 2015, 4:19 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • New Homework Assignment
    This assignment is due before class on Friday, 17 April 2015:

    p. 171 (activity 8.2)

    p. 183 (activity 9.1)

    p. 186 (activity 9.2)

    p. 227 (activity 11.3)

    Posted Apr 13, 2015, 12:45 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Corrected Handouts Available
    The corrected handouts on OE orthography and phonology and useful OE paradigms are now linked on the Class Notes and Handouts page in place of the older versions of those handouts.
    Posted Feb 18, 2015, 6:52 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Quiz #2
    The second quiz is scheduled for Friday, 13 February.  The quiz will ask you to transcribe old English words and identify the gender of  nouns and provide evidence for your identifications.
    Posted Feb 11, 2015, 4:56 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Monday, 26 January
    My apologies for not recording today's lecture.

    The selected IPA chart we created for class and the phonetics practice we did in class today are now posted on the Class Notes and Handouts page.
    Posted Jan 26, 2015, 6:41 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • CLASSROOM CHANGE (starting Friday, 16 January)
    We'll be meeting next door in Avery 104 from now on.  Be there or be square!
    Posted Jan 14, 2015, 3:58 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Reading for Friday, 16 January
    Posted Jan 14, 2015, 3:56 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Welcome + First Assignment
    Welcome to English 454/554 for Spring 2015!
    • Please take a look around the website to familiarize yourself with its contents and organization.  
    • As soon as is convenient before the end of the first week of classes, please fill out the student information form linked here and on the navigation bar above
    I look forward to seeing you all in class.
    Posted Jan 7, 2015, 4:18 PM by Lynn Gordon
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