E f376L • The English Language and Its Social Context
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
The English Language and its Social Context is a course designed for English majors, future teachers of English and rhetoric, and other language-oriented students who want to know more about the English language, especially about its social meanings and political uses. The general course aim is to acquaint students with the language theory, history, and research most relevant to teachers of literature and rhetoric. More specifically, we will study: basic principles of language structure and change; the social dimensions of language variety; the linguistic history and diversity of the U.S.; English and commercial culture; language attitudes; pedagogical issues involving language acquisition and linguistic difference; linguistic diversity and the teaching of English literature; and problems of language and public policy.
Quizzes and exercises 5%
Written assignments 20%
Three Exams 25% each
Discussion and attendance are considered essential and unsatisfactory marks in these areas are deducted from the final average.
Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill, eds., Language Myths, Penguin, 1998
Rosina Lippi-Green, English with an Accent: Language, Ideology, and Discrimination in the United States, Routledge, 1997
Tse, Lucy, Why Don't They Learn English?: Separating Fact From Fallacy in the U.S. Language Debate, Teacher's College Press, 2001
Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes, American English, Blackwell, 1998
Reserve readings (available through links to electronic reserves and at Speedway Copy)
Dicker, Susan, Languages in America: A Pluralist View, Multilingual Matters, 1996
Ronald Wardhaugh, Proper English: Myths and Misunderstandings about Language, Blackwell, 1999