Fall 2011 not offered
|Course Cluster: Linguistics|
This course will track the development of the English language from Anglo-Saxon to modern English. It is designed to introduce students to historical linguistics and will consider English's relationship to Germanic and Romance languages and its Indo-European antecedents. We will use John Algeo's textbook to begin the work of understanding and applying the rules of phonetics, etymology, and other general principles of linguistics. Students will be asked to use their own language as a test; we will consider the arbitrary nature of correctness in language and discuss the differences between standard and nonstandard language varieties. Students will understand the modern English we speak as the product of its complicated political, social, religious, and economic history.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Major readings will be selected from:
Akmajian, et al. LINGUISTICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
Graddol, et al. ENGLISH: HISTORY, DIVERSITY, AND CHANGE
Source materials exemplifying varieties of English, as well as shorter critical and theoretical readings.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several short papers (4-5 pp.), a mid-term exam, and one more extensive project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Non-majors are welcome. Prior knowledge of linguistics is not required.
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