MW 12:30 - 1:50.
1. Ability to identify sources of English vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.
2 Ability to compare and contrast the phonological, morphological, and syntactic characteristics of Old English (OE), Middle English (ME), and Modern English (ModE).
3. Ability to reconstruct and explain the major patterns and causes of linguistic change in English.
4. Ability to use standard research tools in English linguistics.
Requirements for Papers and Conferences: The critical book review and the research paper should be written in formal academic style and should follow the Modern Language Association's guidelines for format and documentation. Before a paper will be accepted, you must have at least one conference with me and 1) clearly indicate the thesis of your critical book review or research paper, 2) show how the thesis will be developed with a detailed outline or draft of the paper, and 3) show me all notes, even those you are not using in the final paper. You may submit multiple drafts of each paper for critical comments and suggestions. The two papers allow you to "personalize" this course by giving you opportunities to read about and research topics that interest you or that apply to your career or profession.
Additional Requirements for Graduate Students: Research projects for students taking the course for graduate credit will require substantial depth and synthesis of information. In addition, graduate students will give 30-minute oral presentations on both the critical book review and the research project.
3 examinations (20% each, 15% for graduate students).
Critical book review (20%); oral for graduate students (7.5%).
Research paper (20%), oral for graduate students (7.5%).
A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F = 59 or lower.
The critical book review and the research paper are due at the beginning of class on the dates specified on the calendar. Late papers will be lowered one letter grade. Papers more than 24 hours late will not be accepted.
Success in this course is highly unlikely without good attendance. Students should plan to attend every class and should always complete the assigned reading before coming to class. Class begins promptly at 12:30; I will be here well before that time.
Expectations: We should all be comfortable in this class. We should listen carefully and thoughtfully to others, willingly explore ideas and challenge assumptions, and share opinions, knowledge, and values in a positive, respectful manner. When offering an opinion or judgment, we should always be willing to explain the reasoning that lies behind it.