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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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It's possible to think of grammar as a "science": it is the careful collection and analysis of observable facts about how we use the English language. This course will be an introduction to that science, surveying how linguists and language scholars presently describe the structures of English -- its morphology, phonology, phrases, clauses, sentences, syntax, semantics, stylistics, and sociocultural variations. But grammar is just as much and importantly understood to be an "art": it is a set of rules and recommendations for how we should use the English language. And so, this course will also be an introduction to how, why, and to what effects various people have prescribed English usage in various ways, from the 18th century into the present day. Ultimately, a better understanding of what grammar is, how it works, and what it does in the world not only allows us to be better users of the English language but also invites us to be more conscientious users of the English language

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Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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