501 Linguistic Theory and the Grammar of English (3 units)

Spring 2008


TuTh 4:00-5:15 - Dickinson 206


Margaret Speas []


Introduction to the central ideas of theoretical linguistics and their potential influence on language teaching and English language arts. Introduction to phonology, syntax, and semantics, and the cultural, political, economic and social environments within which a language is acquired. Basic facts about the patterns of English and how the scientific analysis of languages reveals a new perspective on how children learn their native language.