The emphasis in this course is on acquiring an understanding of the nature and social uses of English grammar. Since many of the students who take this course are preparing to teach English, there is special emphasis on the uses of grammar in pedagogical contexts. We will examine language from a variety of perspectives: as oral and written discourse, as a structured collection of speech sounds, a principled concatenation of words and word-elements, a conveyor of meaning, an indicator of social prestige, a marker of gender roles, a national and professional standard of communication, a political instrument, a learned or innate human characteristic, and an entity evolving in time and space. Specific components of the course will provide exposure to the fundamentals of English phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and dialectology. Requirements will include (probably) four or five tests and frequent short exercises.