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.
Class assignments and grading
Short assignments and seminar paper.