History and Structure of the English Language 4 credits
This course provides an introduction to the linguistic analysis of historic and modern American English sounds, words and phrases. It presents the history of English as the history of its speakers, and traces patterns of social and cultural change to show how that history is reflected in the language. Students will also explore notions of “Standard English” and “correctness,” language and dialect diversity in the U.S., and establish an overall understanding of why English is the way it is. Prerequisite: Successful completion of En102 or En150 or approval of Division Chair.