In this course, we will track the development of the English language from Anglo-Saxon to modern English. It is designed to introduce students to historical linguistics, considering English's relationship to Germanic and Romance languages and its Indo-European antecedents. We will use John Algeo's textbook and workbook to begin the work of understanding and applying the rules of phonetics, etymology and other general principles of linguistics. Students will be asked to use their own language as a test; we will consider the arbitrary nature of "correctness" in language and discuss the differences between standard and non-standard language varieties. You will understand the modern English we speak as the product of its complicated political, social, religious and economic history.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL Grading Mode: Graded
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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