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ENGL 402 1G - Descriptive English Grammar

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


An introduction to English linguistics with emphasis on the phonetic, syntactic, and semantic structures of English; language variation, standardization, and change; language legislation and linguistic rights; English as a world language; and the study of language in American schools. Course Information: Same as BTW 402. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

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This course introduces descriptive approaches to analyzing English language and language practices. We will explore traditional and modern systems for describing English grammar, relationships between language in talk and text, the nature of registers and dialects, interaction of visual and linguistic dimensions of texts, approaches to grammar teaching/learning, and language practices in everyday environments. Course requirements include reading, grammar analysis exercises, inquiry-oriented projects (either written up or presented in class); informal writing; two extended analysis papers; and a final reflection essay.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall , Spring


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