ENGL 3580: The English Language


Dr M C Morgan
HS 314

Course Description

An introduction to the study of linguistics of English for undergraduates. The course focuses on a modern linguistics approach to phonology, morphology, syntax, and the semantics of English, and a contemporary understanding of conventions language usage and change.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course,
The final for the course will examine your how well you apply linguistic concepts and practices to selected written texts.


Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction, 2nd ed. Kristin Denham and Anne Lobeck. Cengage Learning, 2013. Print ISBN: 9781111344382, 1111344388

By Week

Linguistics is a practical study that you learn by both rote and practice. I'm emphasizing practice. This means weekly exercises, the occasional quiz, and an final that examines how well you apply linguistic concepts to a selected text.

We'll address one chapter from Denham and Lobeck each week. Come to class with the chapter read. I may assign an exercise or two from the text to give you practice in the study. We'll use time in class to review the chapter and work with the exercises.

I'll assign an exercise or two each week to evaluate your progress. These will be scored 0 - 5 - 10. These are due at the beginning of the class. Please submit them on paper, and word processed. Email a PDF if you must miss the class session.


Cutoffs as of 8 Jan 2018. Figuring from14 weekly exercises.
To be assigned a passing grade for the course, you must complete on time at least 90% of the exercises. If more than 10% of your exercises are late or incomplete when due, I will assign a final grade of F. That means that 3 late or incomplete weekly exercises is a fail for the course. If you reach 3 - 0s, I will not accept any further work for the course.

Graduate Component

Additional reading in Stylistics, assigned by instructor. A more extensive mid-term or final exam focused on application to real-world texts.

Some Sources

Alternative Formats

This syllabus is available in other formats. Contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at 755-3883. Contact the Office for Students with Disabilities if you need accommodations in the class.

Academic Integrity

You are expected to practice the highest standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all your academic work. Any for of dishonesty, such as plagiarism, cheating, or mis-representation, may result in discipline. Discipline may include failing part or all of the course, as well as suspension from the university. For details on policies and procedures, refer to to the Student Code of Conduct section of the BSU Student Handbook and The Academic Integrity.

Adapted from a statement by Mark Christensen, summer 2017.
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