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: MW 2:10 or by appointment


  • Corrected Lexical Semantics Handout
    I corrected the typo in the Lexical Semantic Change handout (and added a couple more examples).
    Posted Apr 25, 2014, 5:00 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • LSA Linguistic Institute 2015
    Information about The 2015 Linguistic Institute 

    Linguistic Theory in a World of Big Data

    Posted Apr 21, 2014, 2:36 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • OED
    As WSU students, you have access to the Oxford English Dictionary.  To use the dictionary, click here and sign in using your university network id and password.
    Posted Apr 21, 2014, 10:29 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Reminder
    There will be a quiz in class on Friday, 11 April 2014.  A sample quiz was distributed during Wednesday's class.
    Posted Apr 9, 2014, 7:46 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Correction to Homework
    There is a typo in 2A (11) in Homework #5.  The ME should be [rɑ:kə], not [ru:kə].  My apologies.
    Posted Apr 4, 2014, 10:20 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Sample Answers to Homework #4
    Sample answers to homework #4 are now linked to the Class Notes and Handouts page.
    Posted Mar 23, 2014, 11:44 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Homework #4
    Homework #4 is now available here and on the Class Notes and Handouts.
    Posted Mar 10, 2014, 6:52 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Updated Answer Sheet for Homework #3
    An updated answer sheet for homework #3 is available on the Class Notes and Handouts page (and here).
    Posted Feb 28, 2014, 3:27 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Practice with Old English Case
    A corrected version of this handout is now available on the Class Notes and Handouts page.

    The correction is to (11)
    And þā geāscode hē þone cyning lȳtle werode on wīfcȳþþed   on Meran     tūne
    and then learned he the king little troop in woman’s-company in Merton town

    meaning: "And then he learned (of) the king (being) with a little troop in a woman's company in Merton town."
    Posted Feb 21, 2014, 2:43 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Due date for homework #3 changed
    The new due date for homework #3 is before class on Friday, 21 February.
    Posted Feb 15, 2014, 9:15 PM by Lynn Gordon
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