English 104: Language Awareness

This course is an introduction to the study of language involving, in any given semester, five or six of the following topics: language acquisition; the history of the English language; a survey of recent theories of grammar; lexicology (word histories); dialects (regional and social varieties of American English); semantics (the study of meaning); gender differences in language; the study of bias and prejudice through language; non-verbal communication; sign language; the language of advertising; the language of politics (propaganda and doublespeak).

Required text: Language Awareness, ed. Paul Eschholz, Alfred Rosa, and Virginia Clark. Eighth edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Requirements: A series of quizzes and a final.

Prerequisites: No experience in the study of language is required.

Fall 2001 Syllabus

Choosing a Research Paper subject

Using The Writer's Brief Handbook

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