EN 231 Introduction to Language
FA2 2009 HOZ
Dr. Emily Donnelli
Assistant Professor of English
PhD, English, University of KansasMA, English, University of KansasBA, English w/ secondary certification, William Jewell College
MWF, 11-2; other times by appointment
October 19 - December 11
Textbook: Clark, Virginia, Paul Eschholz, Alfred Rosa, and Beth Lee Simon, eds. Language: Introductory Readings.
7th Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.
*Other required readings will be on reserve at McAfee Library.
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Educational Philosophy: As the editors of our textbook express, “[l]anguage matters. It is an instrument through which we see and know ourselves and others, and it affects how we experience our world. Through language—in all its modes—we become ourselves, know our own thoughts, and construct our ideas” (Clark et al v). English 231 provides an excellent opportunity to study and reflect upon something we often take for granted: language. Why do we speak and write in the ways that we do? How does our language reflect our identities? How can greater language awareness influence our reading, writing, thinking, and even our social commitments and sense of civic engagement?In this discussion-based, application-oriented course, we will explore various perspectives and methods for studying the English language—historical, linguistic, socio-linguistic, educational, developmental, and so on. Students will be encouraged to pursue those facets of study of most relevance to their interests as writers and as scholars of literature.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
MoStep Requirements 126.96.36.199 standards for EN231
Critical Essay [Core Assessment] 100 points The Critical Essay in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Formative assessments consist of short papers--observation/application projects—that allow students to explore and apply course concepts. Each student will also be responsible for leading class discussion on two topics of interest during the term. Summative assessments consist of a mid-term and final examination, and the core assessment, a critical paper designed by each student to investigate a particular interest related to the study of language.
Grading: Short Papers (4) 100 points
Mid-Term Examination 50 points
Discussion Leadership (2) 50 points
Final Examination 100 points
Late Submission of Course Materials: All assignments are due at the beginning of each meeting. One letter grade will be deducted for each day an assignment is late. Check your schedule for potential conflicts well ahead of due dates, and speak with me ahead of time if you anticipate difficulty meeting a deadline.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week One (October 19): Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Stylistics: Reading Like a Linguist
Read: Lakoff and Johnson, excerpt from “Metaphors We Live By” (Clark 451) and Lentine and Shuy, “Mc-: Meaning in the Marketplace” (Clark 173); “Stylistics” (Curzan et al—available in Document Sharing) and “The Argument Culture: Stopping America’s War on Words” (Tannen—available in Document Sharing).
Write: Short Paper #1.
Week Two (October 26): Semantics and Pragmatics
Read: Pinker, “The Tower of Babel” (Clark 235) and Heath, “What No Bedtime Story Means” (Clark 798); Chaika, “Pragmatics: Discourse Routines” (Clark 276) and Fromkin et al, “The Development of Language in Genie” and “Genie: A Postscript” (Clark 652).
Write: Short Paper #2
Week Three (November 2): History of English: Overview
Read: Roberts, “A Brief History of English” (Clark 330); “The Dawn of Language,” “The First Thousand Years,” “Where Words Come From, and “Order Out of Chaos” (Bryson—reading on reserve at McAfee Library).
Write: Short Paper #3.
Week Four (November 9): History of English: Old English and Middle English
Read: Excerpts from various translations of Beowulf and secondary scholarship; selections from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and secondary scholarship (readings on reserve at McAfee Library).
Write: Midterm Examination.
Week Five (November 16): History of English: Early Modern, Modern, and Postmodern English(es)
Read: Selections from Shakespeare and secondary scholarship (on reserve at McAfee Library).
Write: Critical Paper Prospectus and Annotated Bibliography.
Week Six (November 23): The Study of Dialects
Read: Pederson, “Dialects” (Clark 341); “Do You Speak American?” (online module from PBS).
Write: Rough draft of Critical Paper.
Week Seven (November 30): Studies in Dialects: Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Class Perspectives
Read: Macaulay, “Regional Dialects and Social Class” (Clark 383) and Talbot, “Language and Gender” (Clark 507) and “Discourse Patterns of Males and Females” (Clark 517) and Tannen, “‘I’ll Explain It to You’: Lecturing and Listening” (Clark 531).
Write: Short Paper #4.
Week Eight (December 7): The Future of English
Read: “English as a World Language” and “The Future of English” (Bryson—reading on reserve at McAfee Library).
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