ENGLISH 305 - Exploring the English Language
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Recommended for students preparing to teach English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Undergrad and Grad
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If you are like most people, language is part of most everything you do—yet you know little about how it works. You may even have opinions about English (whether funner is a word, whether U.S. southerners speak correct English) without knowing why. You may confront confounding things about English (the letter k in the word knight, when to use whom versus who) without being able to understand them. This course introduces you to the systematic study of language and gives you new ways to think about the English that you hear and see around you. First, the course explores the many levels of language, from sounds to words to full conversations, and covers how speakers learn language. Then we turn to broad interactions of language with history, culture, and society, such as attitudes toward slang, the teaching of Standard English, language and gender, bilingual education, and language change.

Course materials include How English Works, 3rd edition (Eds. Anne Curzan and Michael Adams) and some supplemental articles.

Course Requirements:

Course work will consist of regular short assignments, a group presentation, a midterm, and a final. No background knowledge in linguistics is required; just bring your curiosity about language.


ENGLISH 305 - Exploring the English Language
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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