English 25

Freshman Seminar: English as a Language

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2008 Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
TTh 11-12:3 210 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Pinker, S: The Language Instinct, Words and Rules, and possibly The Stuff of Thought; various printed problem sets


This course examines the English language as a particular instance of the general phenomenon of human language. We will consider aspects of its phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure) and semantics (linguistic meaning), as well as some pragmatics (contextual meaning) and usage issues. No previous background in linguistics is required.

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