Course Description

What do linguists say about how people actually use English? What do you know about structures that underlie much of your language usage? Examples of those structures include how our language sounds can be classified and the principles that guide us in making conversational inferences. For example, there is a principle that says if I hold up four fingers and claim that I am holding up two, my claim is logically correct but pragmatically wrong. In class we will examine conceptions such as who decides what is grammatical, whether or not “It’s me” is ungrammatical, and the intuition that a language (versus a dialect) is easy to identify. You will be given "teasers"/homework before each class to draw you into the issues that we will discuss in class. | Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated discussion.   

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Section Title
A Linguistic Look at English: Hidden Structures and Reexamined Conceptions
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes
Please note: Students are not expected to have had prior coursework in English or linguistics.