ENGL383 - The Uses of Language
In this course we will look at the variety of ways in which we use language to communicate, to present ourselves, and to establish and maintain relationships. Topics include, but are not limited to: the structure of social interaction, the place of culture and gender in communication, politeness rules, humor, and the use of language in politics, advertising, and other specialized contexts. We will analyze written texts, spontaneous conversations, and broadcast material. Requirements include two or three short papers and a longer final paper, plus some short homework assignments."