Spring 2014 Course Descriptions
English 3901 Language and Linguistics
English 3901 Section 001 CRN 35726
Language and Linguistics 1100-1150 MWF
This class offers a survey and introduction to the field of linguistics: speech sounds, word formation, syntactic structures, how language has changed over time. We will look at examples from Old English and Modern English. We will also study the social context of language: important issues about American dialects, child language, and bilingualism. Students will get much hands-on experience with language through exercises, word problems, and worksheets. The primary aim of the course is to provide students with analytical tools that will allow them to think critically and independently about linguistic structures they encounter in texts they read, and in their own writing.
This class is especially recommended for English, Journalism, Foreign Language and Education majors, and writing minors.
Class format will be informal lecture and class discussion. Final grade will be based on in-class exams, home assignments, and a research project. (Group 1)