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Course Description

Why is "It is I" appropriate only in limited circumstances? Who decides on correctness? How and when is "I am cold" a request for action? Many of us users of English have vague or even wrong ideas about how the language works. This course will give you a sense of how linguists (language professionals) think about such topics and will also give you occasional opportunities to think like a linguist. In doing so, you will work on developing such skills as making a linguistic "proof," assembling evidence, identifying meaningful word blocks, and identifying and classifying sounds. The course will develop a more sophisticated understanding of correctness, language change, and dialects, all in the context of using English. The course works on student-teacher interaction and discussion, with a "teaser" before each class (including the first one) to get you to think about the topic.  Lecture (plus Questions)    
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