This course will introduce students
to the history of English language as it has developed and evolved in England,
the United States, and other parts of the world. We will draw from recent
developments in the study of dialects, pidgins, and creoles to consider the
diversity of English, with a special emphasis given to the history and politics
of education, writing pedagogy, and language assessment in Hawaii. We’ll
consider the impact of globalization on the evolution of English by examining
the role of world Englishes. Finally, we will discuss some possible pedagogical
implications of our readings.
Kent Sakoda and Jeff Siegel’s PIDGIN GRAMMAR, Lisa Lynn Kanae’s SISTA
TONGUE, John McWhorter’s OUR MAGNIFICENT BASTARD TONGUE: THE
UNTOLD STORY OF ENGLISH, and readings posted on Laulima.