Language History materials

This page is dedicated to the history of the English language and the Indo-European language family that it derives from. Topics include:

  • History of English
  • History of Proto-Indo-European
  • Deep history of languages
  • The DNA evidence in Archaeogenetics

Content provided here includes background articles & teaching materials for free download.


Sample Worksheets for Language History in the classroom:

The Yamnaya

The Anglo-Saxons


Links to articles on using Language History in education:

Carrier, M. (2022). Relating the language you are teaching to its history. In: ICC Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp. 44-48. Bochum: ICC


History extracts:

February 2, 1786 – the story of Sir William  Jones, the first linguist