SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

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DATE

TOPIC (CLICK)

CORPUS-BASED PROJECTS

 

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SEP 1
3

Introduction .
History of American English


(Using Google Sites)
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8
10
15

History of American English
Assignment: COHA (article)
COCA recent change


(Five minute tours for both COHA and COCA)
 

 

Th
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17
22

Using Google Books (original)
Using Google Books (BYU)

 
         

1

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24
29
1

Language change and culture Take six words from the entire period 1810-2009 and show how the history of that word gives insights into historical, societal, and cultural shifts in the US

2

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OCT 6
8

Lexical: by decade
 

Show how 15-20 "new" words and phrases in a particular decade (1810s-2000s) and within a particular topic reflect cultural and societal shifts during that particular decade.

3

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13
15

Historical events, dialects,
and borrowing

How historical events (e.g. wars, westward expansion) have influenced the language; American dialects; borrowings from other languages (Dutch, Spanish, etc)

4

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27
29

Lexical: by topic

Show how the history of 15-20 words in a particular lexical field (e.g. food, religion, sports, movies) over the last 200 years reflect cultural, historical, and societal changes in America

5

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NOV 3
5

Slang and metaphor

Map out the history of 8-10 slang words/phrases in a particular semantic field or with a particular metaphor (e.g. "going broke" or "falling in love")

6

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10
12

Semantic change

Pick a fairly common word (e.g. strike or hot or sweep) and discuss how it has changed in terms of meaning and usage during the past 200 years.

7

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17
19

Morphological change
and spelling rules

Discuss one change, e.g. verb forms (had striven/strived, thriven/thrived), noun forms (oxen/oxes), etc.

8

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DEC 1
3

Syntactic change
(and prescriptive)
Discuss one syntactic change, either descriptive or prescriptive, e.g. can/may I, who/whom, preposition stranding, pronouns (Bill and I), agreement (each...is/are)

9

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8
10

Changes in LDS discourse
 

Discuss some linguistic changes in LDS General Conference during the last 160 years or so, and how this might relate to societal shifts or changes in doctrinal emphases during this time.
10 M

14
(2:30)

Final presentations: book/film

Pick a 500-600 word segment of a book from the 1860s-1880s. Find several features that show morphological, syntactic, semantics, stylistic, or lexical changes between then and now