HEL Timeline: The Development of English

  Move back to the Archaic Timeline.
  I have a similar timeline for early British Literature. The British Library has an English Language and Literature Timeline connected to items and information in the BL's collection. Links to Oxford DNB entries will only work with a login.
   This is a teaching tool, not a reference work: to find a source, look for and use items noted under the entries.
Kings & Queens Landmark Texts Literature Historical Events People Alphabet and Writing Linguistic Changes Bible Translations Wars Migrations

    Works Cited:
• American National Biography Online. Oxford UP, 1999-2010. [ANB]
• Algeo, John. The Origins and Development of the English Language. 6th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage, 2010.
• Bailey, Richard W. Images of English: A Cultural History of the Language. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1991.

• Barber, Charles, Joan Beal, and Philip Shaw. The English Language: A Historical Introduction. 2nd ed. Cambridge UP, 2009.
• Baugh, Albert, and Thomas Cable. A History of the English Language. 5th ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.
• Bennett, J.A.W. and G.V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1974.
• Bryson, Bill. Made in America. New York: Avon, 1994.
• Cable, Richard, et al. "British History Timeline." British History In-Depth. The BBC, n.d. Web. Dec. 2009.
• The Cambridge History of the Bible, 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1976. [CHB]
• Crystal, David. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. 2nd ed. Cambridge UP, 2003. [CEEL]
• Fisher, John. The Emergence of Standard English. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1996.
• Greenblatt, Stephen, gen. ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 2 vols. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2003.

• Hogg, Richard, and David Denison, eds. A History of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2006.
• Hughes, Geoffrey. A History of English Words. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.
• Knowles, Gerry. A Cultural History of the English Language. London: Arnold, 1997.
• Lerer, Seth. Inventing English. New York: Columbia, 2007.
• Machan, Tim W., and Charles T. Scott. English in Its Social Contexts. Oxford UP, 1992.
• McCrum, R., W. Cran, and Robert MacNeil. The Story of English. New York: Viking, 1986. [The PBS series companion.]
• Millward, C.M., and M. Hayes. A Biography of the English Language. 3rd ed. Boston: Wadsworth-Cengage, 2012.
• Mitchell, Bruce. An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
• Momma, Haruko, and Michael Matto, eds. A Companion to the History of the English Language. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
• Mugglestone, Lynda, ed. The Oxford History of English. Oxford UP, 2006.
• Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford UP, 2004-2012. [DNB]
• Svartvik, Jan, and Geoffrey Leech. English: One Tongue, Many Voices. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006.
• All images are taken from the public domain.