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

Fall 2007

E 364T • English Language and its Social Context

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35960 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
mez 1.120

Course Description

Only 1 of the following may be counted: E 364T or E 376L, English Language and its Social Context.

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.

Grading Policy

Quizzes and problems 5%
Three exams 15% each
Writing assignments (minor written assignments 10%; final paper 40%)
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)

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


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