2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 07, 2019  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ENG 345 - Linguistic Perspectives on English

(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
In this course, we learn the rudiments of language study, trace the history of English, and gain a rigorous appreciation for the power of words. We follow the English language from its origin in a warlike Germanic tribe to its present state as the dominate medium of international communication. We learn the historical reasons for our irregular spelling and enormous lexicon. We sample varieties of English across America and throughout the world. Along the way, we learn to read basic Old and Middle English, challenge common assumptions about the nature of language, and confront the devastation of the world’s linguistic ecology.