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Designed to introduce students to the English Language as an object of study, this course will emphasize the role of language in shaping our reality as social beings. We will address the following issues: the development of the language; the general principles of its structural aspects (the lexicon, etymology); and its relationship to political, colonial, historical, creative and intellectual forces. This is not a linguistics or composition course; however, we will be building a critical and analytical vocabulary, and will conduct studies that will demonstrate the ways in which this metalanguage can illuminate both literary works and the social uses of language in general. Students round out the course with a presentation of their “Curiosity” research projects. Because language is a deeply social phenomenon, we will be placing strong emphasis on collaboration in the creation of knowledge.

Course Texts

 Cran, McCrum and MacNeil. The Story of English (Penguin).

Harmon and Wilson, Beyond Grammar: Language, Power, and the Classroom (Resources for Teachers) (Routledge)

Open-Access readings available on the Readings and Assignments List