AMERICAN ENGLISH AND LINGUISTICS

Comprehensive exam topics

  1.  American English
    1.  The history of American English
    2.  Regional dialects of American English
    3.  Social dialects of American English
    4.  Ethnic dialects of American English
    5.  Style in American English
    6.  American slang
    7.  British and American English
    8.  Economy and rationality in American English
    9.  Directness in American English
    10.  Democracy in American English
    11.  Informality in American English
    12.  Prudery in American English
    13.  Grandiloquence in American English
    14.  Inventiveness in American English
    15.  Imaginativeness in American English
    16.  Action-orientedness in American English

  2.  Cognitive Linguistics
    1.  Categorization
    2.  Frames and their application in the study of American culture
    3.  Metonymy and culture
    4.  Metaphor and the study of American culture
    5.  Universality and variation in metaphor
    6.  Image schemas
    7.  Alternative construals of the world
    8.  Mental spaces and literature
    9.  Blends and material anchors
    10.  Cognition and grammar

Readings

Readings are the same as they were for the respective courses.