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ENGL 3580: The English Language

Dr M C Morgan
HS 314

Course Description

An introduction to the study of linguistics of English for undergraduates. Focuses on a linguistics approach to phonology, morphology, syntax, and the semantics of English.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of English. The final for the course will examine your familiarity with these concepts.


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, and the occasional quiz.

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 progression.


Cutoffs as of 2 Jan 2018
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.

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

For details on policies and procedures, refer to to the Student Code of Conduct section of the BSU Student Handbook and The Academic Integrity Policy, PDF.

Adapted from a statement by Mark Christensen, summer 2017.
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