I’ve added, in the blogroll to the right, a link to a pet project of mine, a timeline of the history of the language. I think that it has now moved out of its beta stages into something presentable enough for others to use. Two other timelines are associated with it: one about Indo-European linguistic development, and one for the first part of the British Literature survey. It’s the HEL timeline, however, that more than the others seems to present an constant distraction; I find myself constantly making tweaks and additions.
I’ve posted before about the frustrations I’ve had with textbooks for this course. This will not replace a textbook, however; it’s meant instead to present a graphic indication of varieties of linguistic development, to provide glimpses of work that can be pursued further (I provide references and links for this), and to illustrate the range of topics that the study of HEL can touch. Hopefully even experienced teachers can find a few gems in here.
Double-click on either of the bands, or drag them, to shift to the past or future, and click away on the links. To write this, I started with Brian Croxall’s tutorials about the Simile widgets, open-source software code that started at MIT and which is now kept by Google.
Please comment to discuss any possible additions or alterations that might help. I have to-do lists about these projects, always, but more suggestions would be very welcome!