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The idea for this site was born during a workshop held at
the fourth meeting of the European Society for the Study of English
in Debrecen Hungary in September 1997. The workshop dealt with the value
and use of doing Historical Linguistics in the context of
European English departments.
Among the questions that were addressed were the contributions
Historical Linguistics can make to both neighbouring and more remote
academic disciplines, as well as to the general education and professional
training of students in European English Studies courses. The challenges
which the subject has to confront in University teaching were focussed
on in particular.
The task of this site, then, is to promote the discussion
that was started in Debrecen, and to encourage interested colleagues to
exchange views and arguments concerning the study and teaching
of Historical English Linguistics at university level. The
idea is that all contributions made to this site (preferably via eMail)
should be gathered and made available to interested visitors and, in a
second step, moulded into a coherent statement on the status of and the
prospects for our discipline.
At the moment this site is still very much under construction and
offers only the papers
and commentaries presented during the Debrecen workshop. Visitors are
invited to read them online and pass their comments on to the site administrators
It also contains the results of a poll among history-of-English
teachers concerning their views on a core
syllabus for the subject.
Furthermore, it is planned to set up a mailing list in order
to keep interested colleagues informed about the progress of the discussion
and to keep their interest and involvement with this project alive.
In this sense, please visit this site again in October.
Till then, best wishes
Olga Fischer &