ENGL383 - The Uses of Language

This course examines 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. Students will have the opportunity to collect and analyze their own data. Requirements include three or four assignments/papers, a longer final paper, and a final exam.