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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2007

E f364T • The English Language and Its Social Context (CANCELLED!)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84345 MTWThF
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

This course has been cancelled.

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 linguistic 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.

Grading Policy

Grades are based on:
1) satisfactory work on quizzes and on brief take-home exercises or linguistics problems 25%
2) a passing average score on 3 exams (no exam may be missed) 25% each
3) discussion informed by familiarity with required readings
4) regular attendance. Discussion and attendance are considered essential, and unsatisfactory marks in these areas are deducted from the final average.


Bauer, Laurie, and Peter Trudgill, eds., Language Myths, Penguin, 1998
Delpit, Lisa, and Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom, New Press, 2002
Lippi-Green, Rosina, 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
Wolfram, Walt, and Natalie Schilling-Estes, American English, Blackwell, 1998
Reserve readings (electronic reserves or at Speedway Copy in Dobie Mall)

Recommended Texts:
Dicker, Susan, Languages in America: A Pluralist View, Multilingual Matters, 1996
Wardhaugh, Ronald, Proper English: Myths and Misunderstandings about Language, Blackwell, 1999


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