This course introduces students to a variety of approaches to the contemporary English language, with a focus on both structure and variation. Students will explore how English works in terms of its sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentence structures (syntax), meanings (semantics), and uses (discourse). Areas of variation may include social and regional dialects, World Englishes, accents, pidgins, creoles, multilingualism, language acquisition, registers, style, literacy, media, power, and identity. The course will also address attitudes towards language (language ideology), and the implications of language issues for education, work, policy, and everyday life.
Pre-Req: ENGL.1020 College Writing II.