This course surveys the 1500 years history of the English language, from its origins as a dialect to the present day as an international language. It also focuses on larger social concerns about language use, variety, and change; the relationship between spelling and pronunciation; the notion of dialect and variation across geographical and class boundaries; the arguments concerning English as an official language and the status of standard English; the role of the dictionary in describing and prescribing usage; and the ways in which words change meaning, as well as the manner in which English speakers have coined and borrowed
This course focuses on the linguistic, literacy and educational aspects of CMC. It discusses the way humans communicate through Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices. Based on extensive research on how we use natural languages like English in social media, the course outlines new forms and ways of speaking, reading, and writing in an age in which there is a pervasive presence of ICT in offices and homes. It also discusses some published researches on variation, representation, and change in the English language in the context CMC.
- Teacher: Alex Soriano
This course is oriented towards a pragmatics of Englishes. As a pragmatics course, it covers an array of typical pragmatic topics, varying from the more formal to the more socio-cultural. As an English language course, our learning modules do not attempt to be a systematic description of any particular English, but rather to show how pragmatic phenomena and concepts can be related to various Englishes. Unlike most introductory pragmatics course which give the impression that the pragmatic phenomena they discuss are general, applicable to many languages and cultures, – this is a course about pragmatics and the English language.