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.