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Fall 2012
Nov 28, 2015
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STUDY OF AMERICAN LANGUAGE~ Language is central to our lives, even in this country where we are generally less aware of it than people in most other lands. Our readings, discussion, and writing will investigate any question you can imagine about language in the United States, from baby talk to fears about Spanish. Many of us imagine American English as an essential part of the American identity, but how true is that, and what is American English? Is it endangered? Why do we speak English (and other languages)? How do we learn, or acquire, language(s)? Why are there different dialects, and what do they indicate? How do we use or misuse language? What are we taught about it? What happens when people have trouble with language? Do animals use language too? We will read essays, articles, and even a couple of short stories, do primary and secondary research, including analyzing our own language use.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Freshman Colloquium Department

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