Mar 30, 2023
ENG 220 - Introduction to Language and Culture
Description: Introduction to the study of language with a particular focus on American Englishes, including the history of American English. Focus is on cultural influence on language across the US and how the use of language is associated with power. Study of the basic building blocks of language. Study of variations of language across cultures and contexts, including contemporary and historical spoken, written, and digital registers and genres of American English. Examination of the effects of technology, culture, and context on language.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 101A or ENG 103. Reading Proficiency.
General Education Competency: Written Communication
- History of the English language in the US
- Introduction to field of linguistics
- Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics
- Dialects & register
- Approaches to grammar and language
- Effects of context, culture, and technology on language
- Discuss the history of the English language in the United States. (1)
- Describe the way language works and develops across cultures and contexts, including how the use of language is associated with power. (1)
- Identify key concepts and terminology needed to describe and analyze language. (2-4)
- Analyze language by connecting technical linguistic information to daily experiences with language across cultures and contexts, including contemporary and historical spoken, written, and digital registers and genres. (3, 4)
- Explain the difference between prescriptive and descriptive approaches to grammar and language. (5)
- Analyze the effects of context, culture, and technology on language in the US. (6)
- 2500 words of monitored writing. A minimum of 1500 of these words must be in the form of a scholarly essay.