CLA 208 / ENG 240 / LIN 208 / TRA 208

Origins and Nature of English Vocabulary

Joshua Timothy Katz

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The origins and nature of English vocabulary, from Proto-Indo-European prehistory to current slang via Beowulf. Emphasis on linguistic tools and methodology. Topics include the Greek and Latin elements of English, the Roman alphabet and spelling, social and regional variation, the matter of “proper” language, and the “National Language” debate.

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