LING L103-02, Introduction to the Study of Language

Course Description

Access to Remnant Trust texts that embody American English at pivotal moments in its history provides the opportunity to demonstrate that language is not a means to something else, not a conduit, not separate and passive, but is, rather, alive, formative, an ongoing and dynamic process of both inheritance and production, in which we as language users participate and to which we contribute. We are our language. Through study of The Remnant Trust documents students will have the rare opportunity to be present at the critical junctures in the development of American English and to interact in the emergence of a standard dialect with which they engage on a daily basis. Students will grasp how ideology, the power of ideas, is an embodiment of real-world language and language users of particular moments in time. Students are encouraged to not only embrace themselves as members of the language community of Thomas Paine, Daniel Webster, Frederick Douglass, and the “Citizen of Massachusetts,” but just as importantly, become willingly and actively engaged with the linguistic structures of ideas of this community.