LING 137 - Epic Grammar Fails: The Linguistics of Language Peeves
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in LING 102: First Year Seminar (Humanities) with topic number #16: Epic Grammar Fails.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Do you feel compelled to correct everything you read or hear: signs, menus, emails, web pages, song lyrics, fortune cookies? Or have you been the target of such "Grammar Police"? This course traces protests over English usage, such as the non-literal use of "literally" and when to use an apostrophe in "its" vs "it's." We will also examine detractors and defenders of language innovations popular among internet users. Finally, we will discuss what merit such complaints might have, as well as what problems they might pose, especially to speakers of non-standard varieties of English.

Course Requirements:

Weekly short writing assignments and a final, collaborative project.

Intended Audience:

All students welcome, with or without Linguistics background.

Class Format:

Two discussion-based classes per week.

LING 137 - Epic Grammar Fails: The Linguistics of Language Peeves
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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