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6205 Studies in Language/Linguistics

  • 101 MW 3:30-4:45 Professor Steven Hartman-Keiser

    Thematic Title: Language with an attitude: Sociolinguistics in the USA

    Course Description: We will examine language use and attitudes toward language in the USA past and present. In particular, we will investigate the relationship between language and such social parameters as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and gender. Case studies will draw on language varieties in Wisconsin and Milwaukee such as Great Lakes English, African American Vernacular English, Spanish, Ojibwa, American Sign Language, and Pennsylvania German. We will develop a critical self-awareness of the myriad ways in which each of us uses and interprets language as a marker of personal and social identity, and we will explore the range of speakers’ motivations and agentivity in identity construction via language use. Finally, we will critically analyze the need for and cultural consequences of legislated language use

    Readings: American English. Selected journal articles and other readings.

    Assignments. Lead class discussions on readings. Written responses to readings. Class presentation. Research project on language attitudes and/or language data.

6220 Studies in Shakespeare

  • 101 MW 2:00-3:15 Professor John Curran

    Thematic Title:
    Shakespeare, his Contemporaries, and Greatness



6400 19th C British Literature


6700 Studies in 20th Century American Literature





6840 Rhetoric Composition Theory