ENG 217 - History and Structure of the English Language
This course introduces students to the basic principles of descriptive linguistics by examining the English language in its contemporary and historical forms. Students learn to articulate and apply the basic principles of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. In units on dialect and sociolinguistics, they explore the social dimension of language and apply their linguistic expertise to a range of artistic productions, including oral histories and rap lyrics. Students consider both the history and the future of English, including the impact of new technology on language change. Satisfies the Individual and Society General Education requirement.