12:30-2:30 p.m. 6-week course begins 3/27
This linguistics approach to English will explore our language from a modern perspective. In place of a traditional “prescriptive” approach (i.e., do this/don’t do that), we’ll look at how English has changed, what kinds of spoken varieties there are, and how grammar rules from modern “descriptive” grammarians may be more useful than proscriptions from traditional grammar handbooks. Along the way, we’ll discover the logic of non-standard dialects, the surprising fact that there are more than (the old Latin-based) eight “parts of speech,” and the genius of modern structural analyses of sentences and words.
George Oliver has a B.A. in English and German, and a M.A. in linguistics from Louisiana State University. He taught writing, rhetoric, modern grammar, and ESL from 1975 to 2009 in a variety of settings in the U.S. and abroad. MSC.