Sunday, 6 October 2013

Not Salford

Yesterday was the first official day of the course and an opportunity to attend a tutorial. The OU have a system whereby you can ask to attend at a different venue. So I went to my nearest and was welcomed by the tutor.
He seems the sort to inspire confidence, which is a very good thing.

He said some students had contacted him to ask for notes from the tutorial as they could not attend. Then came the surprise! He does not do/offer notes. To put it simply, he turns up, you turn up and you make notes for yourself.

We did the brief introduce yourself intro and one person had travelled from the Isle of Man. Another is originally from Edinburgh, she's softly spoken and with that accent I tended to let her words drift by. 

Another person arrived, stayed a while before realising she was in the wrong room! Tutor gallantly escorted her to the right room.

I'd panicked earlier as when I looked at the notices it seemed I'd missed the tutorial. Fortunately I found later down the list the second tutorial by that tutor. Seems the earlier one had been with his February group.

Then we began in earnest whizzing thro' a history of the English language pointing out salient events.

HEPTARCHY - Wessex, Sussex, Essex, Kent, Northumbria, Mercia and E. Anglia - a loose confederation of kingdoms (Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians). From - Southern Denmark, Germany / Holland and Northern Denmark. Their influence spread west to Offa's Dyke, SW to the Tamar? north to Northumbria. 
Offa's Dyke is a huge linear earthwork structure which runs roughly along the current border between England and Wales. Construction is believed to have started in 785 and continued for several years.

The Roman Empire shrank and soldiers were withdrawn back to Rome.
 AD 43, the Roman legions march in; AD 410, they march out again.
Romans had pacified the people of Roman Britain.

Old English
Celts left little evidence as they were a conquered people and mostly illiterate. With the exception of clergy who wrote in Latin.

1066 the Norman Conquest introduced Norman French language. Its influence grew from 1066 to 1399.

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