2650 - Using English: Looking under the hood, for lifelong drivers
Why is "It is I" not correct? Who decides on correctness? How and when is "I am cold" a request for action? We are all proficient users of English, but we have vague or downright wrong ideas about how the language works. This course will look at such topics as "The King's English and 'Slang,'" "Getting people to do stuff," and "Mouth noise," with side trips into the International Phonetic Alphabet and morphemes. While this is not a formal linguistics course, you will learn about discoveries that linguists have made about how English works and how we use it. It is for people who have chops and curiosity. It will work on student-teacher interaction and discussion. The week before a new topic is to be taken up, the instructor will briefly introduce it and the students will be invited to write questions about it. During the next class the instructor will present material on the topic, followed by a full class discussion. Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion
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