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Gail Stygall
ENGL 560
Seattle Campus

The Nature of Language: History and Theory

Class description

This course is a survey of contemporary language theory as it intersects with the Language and Rhetoric track of the Ph.D. program in English. The course will begin with an overview of Chomsky's work in its many variants, move to sociolinguistic theory, cognitive linguistics, Hallidayan approaches and critical discourse analysis. Students should leave the course with solid background knowledge for further work in Language and Rhetoric, especially Discourse Analysis.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion and lecture.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Short assignments and seminar paper.

Seminar paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gail Stygall
Date: 09/10/2006