English 506: Introduction to English and General Linguistics
Instructor: M. Errihani
The goal of this course is to provide students with a broad introduction to the field of linguistics. The core areas of general linguistics that will be covered in this class are: the sound system (phonetics and phonology), the form of words (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and word and sentence meaning (semantics); in addition, we will discuss various general notions about linguistic change within society (sociolinguistics) and language use for communication (pragmatics). The course will also address issues in language acquisition, applied linguistics, second language teaching, and language policy. The course proceeds from discussing some basic questions such as “what is language” and “what do we know when we know a language” to more in-depth issues regarding the sound system of language, its syntax, how first and second languages are acquired or learned, and how politics affects the language decisions and practices of several people and nations. By the end of this course, students will
- Gain a basic understanding of the main subfields of linguistics
- Become aware of the complexity of language and be able to articulate this knowledge
- Re-evaluate their own beliefs about and attitudes towards languages in general
- Become aware of the linguistic similarities and differences among languages
- Be able to use linguistic analysis and think scientifically about language
Finally, this course aims to provide students with tools they can apply either in a subsequent specialized study of linguistics or in a professional setting.
Note: ENGL 50600 is a hybrid class half of which consists of in-class, face-to-face meetings, and the other half takes place online. A schedule of classes will be provided with the syllabus on the first day of class.
English 596: Assessing Written Texts
Instructor: L. Bryant
More information coming soon.
English 584: Literature and Psychological Problems
Instructor: J. Campbell
This course will focus on fiction and drama by American writers who explore and reveal the psychology of their characters. Major emphasis will fall upon the question of whether problems an individual faces are “purely” psychological or whether all psychological problems have a social/environmental dimension. Readings will include classics such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Henry James “The Turn of the Screw,” as well as contemporary works such as Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time, John Guare’s play “Six Degrees of Separation,” and selected short fiction and drama. Requirements include response papers, an oral presentation, and a 15-20-page critical paper.