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NEW COURSE: “What is Happening in the English Language Today?”
We will study grammatical changes ongoing in English as it is spoken and written in the twenty-first century. Apart from very obvious changes, such as the use of be like or be all by younger speakers as a ‘quotative’ (And he was like, “I’m out of here”), there are many less obvious changes.
Stefan Dollinger Cambridge University Press 2019 This lively account of the making of Canadian English traces the variety’s conceptual, social and linguistic developments from the twentieth century to the present. This book is not just another history of Canadian English; it is a history of the variety’s discovery, codification, and eventual acceptance, as well as […]
NEW COURSE: “Old, Weird, America”
This course, on pre-imperial US literature, gravitates around ‘weird’ nineteenth-century writing that is fascinated by deformed or disfigured bodies, unlikely or extraordinary events, and what is contaminated or impossible.