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MA in American: Linguistics

    I. American English

    American English as a Variety of English:

  1. Varieties of English around the world. Characterizing American English vs. British English:
  2. Systematic differences between British and American English
  3. Approaches to the study of American-British differences
  4. General properties of American English. History of American English:
  5. Major historical periods in the development of American English
  6. Social influences on the development of American English
  7. The role of Webster and others in "creating" American English. American dialects:
  8. Regional dialects
  9. Social dialects
  10. Ethnic dialects
  11. American slang
  12. The politics of American English

  13. Major political and legal debates concerning American English (attempts to legislate language, "English Only" movement, the "Ebonics" controversy)
  14. II. American linguistics

    Linguistics in 20th century America

  15. Lingustic paradigms and key figures (anthropological linguistics, structuralism, transformational generativism, cognitive linguistics)
  16. Transformational generative grammar

  17. Major assumptions, methods, figures
  18. Phonology and phonetics
  19. Morphology
  20. Syntax
  21. Semantics and pragmatics
  22. Language acquisition
  23. Cognitive linguistics:

  24. Major assumptions, methods, figures
  25. Categorization.
  26. ICMs, image schemas
  27. Metaphor and metonymy
  28. Polysemy and radial categories
  29. Construal, perspectivization, figure/ground (trajector/landmark)
  30. Cognitive linguistics, language, and American culture

Recommended readings

  1. internet resources: http://www.msstate.edu/Dept/English/lang.html

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