We will engage in a fact-and-example-filled survey of our language from its 5,000-year-old roots, through its historical stages, on to its dynamic and sometimes frustrating current state. What has English been—and why so? Where’s it going—and why that way? We’ll also discuss how infants learn to speak, including those who speak more than one language. The course will be offered in lecture format with plenty of opportunity for questions, comments and participation in exercises.
Peg Downes (firstname.lastname@example.org), retired UNC Asheville professor emeritus in literature and language, taught several dozen different courses in English and interdisciplinary humanities, including courses for the Master of Liberal Arts program for adult learners. She directed many university programs and twice served as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. This century, she’s consulted frequently at universities in many parts of Asia.