WIOX 333 English: The History, Use, and Theory of the English Language

The history, use, and theory of the English language, with special reference to literary language, from Chaucer to the present day. Topics in linguistic theory (such as vocabulary, syntax and morphology, social and geographical aspects of the use of English) as well as in the history and theories of literary language (such as figurative language, relations between written and oral discourse, and literary language as persuasion and social action). No prerequisites; normally available in all three terms.