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

Spring 2006

E 318M • Introduction to the English Language

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33310 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
PAR 304

Course Description

This course presents an introduction to some of the basics of language as a biological, social and historical entity by concentrating on the structure, sociolinguistics, and history of the English language. We'll start by looking at how children acquire language and at how they are socialized to become competent speakers within their communities. We'll also briefly examine the history of English from its beginnings to changes taking place in current English, and we'll look at some of the basic structure of English and at non-standard dialects and their places within modern America.

Grading Policy

Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory. Attendance will be taken during each class. If you must miss class for a valid reason, get in touch with me as soon as possible. Students with more than four (4) unexcused absences will fail this class.

I normally do not accept late assignments except by prior arrangement. If you are having problems completing an assignment, get in touch with me as soon as possible to make arrangements.

Four 3-4-page writing assignments with mandatory (3-4-page) drafts responding to materials in the readings 95%
Class participation 5%


Course packet (available at Jenn's)


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