English 336: Introduction to Linguistics
DON'T FORGET: Monday is Martin Luther King Day!
The celebration begins at Vaughn Chapel at 7 PM with a prayer and testimonials.
Then a candlelight walk to Franklin Hall where we will gather in the Panther's Den at 7:30 to hear Mr. George Washington. Many of you remember him from Franklin County High School where he was assistant principal and director of I.T.
After his speech, we will have some soulful refreshments.
(For extra credit, write a paragraph about use of language in this program or in any writing or speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.)
See BrightSpace Calendar and other pages for this course after 2007
and other pages will be updated throughout the semester.
[Schedule 2006] See BrightSpace Calendar for current year
Jan. 20, 2009
Write something in discussion forum about the significance of language in the ceremonies or election.
Extra Morphology Exercise (supplements chap. 3, ex. 3)
General Guidelines for Writing Literature Papers
Do You Speak American? New 3-hour series on PBS about American language across the country. Web site contains a wealth of material on language varieties and attitudes about American language, including transcripts and curriculum guides for the programs, many articles, quizzes, and databases full of examples.
Resources on Appalachian Dialects in AppLit, includes a list of some dialect features (phonetic, lexical, and syntactic), questionnaire on attitudes about language, bibliography, guidelines for using minority dialect literature in teaching, analysis of dialect in several children's books, other exercises
American Tongues: some audio clips and background at this site
Applied Linguistics (journal)
Merriam Webster Dictionary contains word of the day, word games, humorous and serious pages on words, as well as a dictionary and thesaurus with audio pronunciations.
DARE - Dictionary of American Regional English
Short Bio of Noam Chomsky by Mary Green, for Dr. Whited's English 461
Says You - a web site associated with the public radio game show about language: "a game of words and whimsy, bluff and bluster." Listen to the Roanoke station (FM 89.1) Friday night at 7:30 to hear the experts play with words.
Moot - associated with a board game on words. Sample questions are available online.
The Story of English - 1986 videos in our library on the history and varieties of English as a world language
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language - several editions in our library listed at this link
Oxford English Dictionary - use this link for library's link to online version, also in book form in reference collection; gives history of each word in the language
Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), has interesting essays in vol. 1 about dialects and the massive survey of American dialects that led to this series.
Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, ed. Michael Montgomery, 2004
The Secret Life of the Brain - PBS series that aired in 2002. Videotape of Part 2 on language, reading and the child's brain was on reserve in Dr. Stein's name. The part on Motherese will be relevant to our discussion of language acquisition.
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