G205 2121 KINTGEN
Introduction to the English Language

2:30p-3:45p MW (70) 3 cr.

Phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of contemporary English; the method of study is eclectic, blending aspects of the traditional, scholarly, structural, and generative approaches. By the end of the course, students will have some familiarity with the sound system of English and its relation to the writing system, with the construction of words and their classification into parts of speech, with the construction of phrases, clauses, and sentences, and with the relation between words and constructions and their meanings. We will also examine linguistic variation: the different varieties of language people use depending on the situation and on their geographical and socio-economic backgrounds. There will be two hour tests and a final.