English | Structure of Modern English
G302 | 26962 | Rob Fulk

Rob Fulk

26962 – 1:00p-2:15p TR (30 students) 3 cr.

The aim of the course is to examine methods of linguistic analysis
and issues of language usage that have the most consequence in daily
life, and particularly those methods and issues that are most useful
for teachers of English to be familiar with. Thus, there will be
some attention to alternative way of analyzing the sounds, syntax,
pragmatics, vocabulary, and morphology of English, but the
particular focus of the course will be on social and regional
varieties of English and the issues that language variation raise
for teachers. There will also be some attention to patterns in
children’s acquisition of language and in language change, entailing
some study of the history of the English language. There will be
four examinations and a small project applying linguistic knowledge
to a pedagogical situation. Required texts:

Pinker, The Language Instinct
Hudson, Essential Introductory Linguistics