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This course provides students with a general overview of language from a linguistic perspective. The topics focus primarily on English, but examples are also taken from other languages. We examine how the variation among regional and social dialects of language and the differences between spoken and written language influence the value judgments that people regularly make about us based on how we speak. The readings consist of brief writings by noted scholars on the myths that surround language and various descriptions of English language structures. Quizzes test your ability to recognize the different sounds of American English and the grammatical components within words. Required chapter outlines you write show whether you understand the readings, and the required essays demonstrate that you can think critically with the material you’ve learned.