BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Modern American Usage



$ 579.00

Instructor: Don William Chapman PhD
Credits: 3.00

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ELANG 223 (Introduction to the English Language) or LING 201 (Introduction to Linguistics [Modern]) or concurrent enrollment.


Current conventions and effective use of American English.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: What is Usage
Lesson 2: Attitudes toward Change in the Language
Lesson 3: Finding Answers to Usage Questions in Dictionaries and Usage References
Lesson 4: Variation in Language
Lesson 5: Foundations in Educated Usage
Lesson 6: The History of Usage Scholarship: Cultural Levels and Functional Varieties
Lesson 7: Varieties of English (Dialects)
Lesson 8: My Usage History: Unit 1 Exam
Lesson 9: Commonly Confused Words
Lesson 10: Debated Usage Items
Lesson 11: More Debated Usage Items
Lesson 12: Pronoun Case and Usage, and Pronoun Reference and Agreement
Lesson 13: Other (Somewhat) Purist Distinctions
Lesson 14: Sexist and Racist Language (Inclusive Language)
Lesson 15: Sentence Style, Punctuation and Mechanics
Lesson 16: More Sentence Style and Sentence Errors
Lesson 17: The Art of Punctuation
Lesson 18: The Art of Punctuation: Enclosing Marks
Lesson 19: Mechanics and Other Marks of Punctuation

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.
Optional Materials Cost
   ELANG 322: Modern American Usage Readings Packet    $ 20.00