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English is changing all around us. We see this in new words such as 揵ling?and 揺mail,?and from the loss of old forms such as 搒hall.?It抯 a human impulse to play with language and to create new words and meanings梑ut also to worry about the decay of language. Does text messaging signal the end of 損ure English? Why do teenagers pepper their sentences with 搇ike?and 搚ou know?

Course 2140
36 lectures @ 30 min
Anne Curzan, University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Michigan

By studying how and why language changes and the story behind the everyday words in our lexicon, we can learn a lot about ourselves梙ow our minds work and how our culture has changed over the centuries.

Beyond this, words are enormously powerful. They can clarify or obscure the truth, set a political agenda, and drive commercial enterprises. They have the power to amuse and to hurt. They can connect us to each other or drive us apart. Sometimes words are unsayable, and other times words fail us completely because, for all the vibrancy and breadth of English, we still have major gaps in the lexicon.

In The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins, you抣l get a delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Award-winning Professor Anne Curzan of the University of Michigan approaches the subject like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble 搒he?to such SAT words as 揷onflagration?and 損edimanous.?br />
In this course, you抣l

discover the history of the dictionary and how words make it into a reference book like the Oxford English Dictionary (OED);
survey the borrowed words that make up the English lexicon;
find out how words are born and how they die;
expand your vocabulary by studying Greek and Latin ?ord webs? and
revel in new terms, such as ?usquirt,?揳dorkable,?and 搒truggle bus.?br />
Professor Curzan celebrates English for all its nuances and curiosities. By stepping back to excavate the language as a linguist, she shows you there is no such thing as a boring word.

Chart the Story of Cultural Contact

Why do most words for animals in the field梒ow, sheep, pig, deer梒ome from Old English while most words for meat on the table梑eef, mutton, pork, venison梒ome from French? It turns out that when the Normans invaded England in 1066, their language infiltrated ours, and English owes much to the Norman rulers of the 11th and 12th centuries.

As you抣l learn in The Secret Life of Words, English is an omnivorous language and has borrowed heavily from the many languages it has come into contact with, from Celtic and Old Norse in the Middle Ages to the dozens of world languages in the truly global 20th and 21st centuries. Indeed, the story of English is the story of cultural contact, as you抣l see when you

meet the Norman-French rulers who gave us much of our language for government, politics, the economy, and law;
encounter the infusion of Latin and Greek during the Renaissance, which provided English the language of science, the arts, music, education, literature, and linguistics; and
take an A-to-Z tour of words from the world抯 languages, from Arabic, Bengali, and Chinese to Yiddish and Zulu.

The world has never had a language as truly global as English, yet the language is not globally uniform. In addition to understanding the influence of cultural contact, you抣l learn about many of the regional differences within English, both inside the United States and throughout the world, with a specific look at British versus American English, the Midwest vowel shift, the synonyms of 搚抋ll,?and more.

As Professor Curzan takes you through the centuries and around the world to reveal how our language came to be, she unpacks the myth that there was once a 損ure English?that we can look back to with nostalgia. Even during the Renaissance, English purists were concerned about the infiltration of foreign words into English. You抣l delight in learning about the 搃nk-horn controversy,?named for the purists?objections to long, Latinate words that required more ink to write.

This debate between the purists and the innovators has continued for centuries. Benjamin Franklin railed against using the word 搉otice?as a verb. Twentieth-century prescriptivists condemned the common use of the sentence adverb 揾opefully.?And the stigma against the word 揳in抰?is alive and well today. But are the prescriptivists right? Is English really in a state of decay?

See Why It抯 an Exciting Time for English

Professor Curzan sympathizes with the impulse to conserve the old language, even citing the verb 搃nterface?as one of the words she wishes would just go away. Yet despite this sympathy, she also recognizes the naturalness of change. Had the ink-horn purists had their way, we would be using Old English compounds such as 揻lesh-strings?for ?uscles?and 揵one-lock?for 搄oint.?br />
Because our language is always in flux, a study of English words allows you to trace

technological innovations棑app,?揋oogle,?and the prefix 揺-?
historical events棑chad,??/11,?and 揵ailout?
cultural changes棑flexitarian,?搖nfriend?
human creativity and playfulness棑Googleganger,?揇racula sneeze,?and ?ultislacking? and
conversational discourse markers棑um,??ell,?搉ow.?br />
In fact, Professor Curzan points out that with the rise of electronically mediated communication, future linguists may look back on the late 20th and early 21st centuries as a key moment in the language抯 history, as revolutionary as the printing press. Throughout The Secret Life of Words, she reflects on such questions as these:

Where do new words come from? Who has the authority to coin a word?
How have text messaging, social media, and instant messaging affected our use of language?
Who owns language? Can a corporation control a word?
Is it possible to reform language?

Along the way you抣l look at gendered language and how words such as 揾ussy?and ?istress?have become pejorative; Internet communications and the nuance to acronyms such as 揕OL? technology-inspired new language such as 搕exting? taboo words; and the language of sports, politics, love, and war.

You抣l discover that far from being a mere practicality, wordplay is a uniquely human form of entertainment. This course provides a wonderful opportunity to study slang and the creation of new words. You may not come away using terms like ?hatevs,?搕raffic-lighty,?or 搒truggle bus?in casual conversation, but you抣l love studying the linguistic system that gives us such irreverent梐nd fun梥lang, from 揵oy toy?to 揷ankles.?br />
A Vibrant, Professional Guide

At the heart of this course is the wonderful Professor Curzan. With energy, enthusiasm, and a democratic approach to language, she takes you on a journey from Beowulf and the Battle of Hastings to modern-day blogs and chat rooms. She brings you teenage slang and Internet-speak, and she delves deeply into the history of English and the field of linguistics.

As an award-winning professor, a member of the American Dialect Society, and a member of the American Heritage Dictionary抯 usage panel, Professor Curzan knows her material, and she presents a wealth of information in this comprehensive course. But since the material is so enjoyable棑geektastic,?you might say梚t hardly feels like learning.

By course end, you抣l come away with a new appreciation for the many varieties of English, and you抣l be equipped with the tools to build on these linguistic foundations. From the subtle negotiation of a word like ?ell?in conversation to the hidden relationship between 揻oot?and 損edestrian,?once you begin to explore the secret life of words, your understanding of English will never be the same.


01 Winning Words, Banished Words
02 The Life of a Word, from Birth to Death
03 The Human Hands behind Dictionaries
04 Treasure Houses, Theft, and Traps
05 Yarn and Clues桸ew Word Meanings
06 Smog, Mob, Bling桸ew Words
07 揙ften?versus 揙ffen敆Pronunciation
08 Fighting over Zippers
09 Opening the Early English Word-Hoard
10 Safe and Sound桾he French Invasion
11 Magnifical Dexterity桳atin and Learning
12 Chutzpah to Pajamas梂orld Borrowings
13 The Pop/Soda/Coke Divide
14 Maths, Wombats, and Les Bluejeans
15 Foot and Pedestrian梂ord Cousins
16 Desultory Somersaults桳atin Roots
17 Analogous Prologues桮reek Roots
18 The Tough Stuff of English Spelling
19 The b in Debt桵eddling in Spelling
20 Of Mice, Men, and Y扐ll
21 I抦 Good ?Or Am I Well?
22 How Snuck Sneaked In
23 Um, Well, Like, You Know
24 Wicked Cool桾he Irreverence of Slang
25 Boy Toys and Bad Eggs桽langy Wordplay
26 Spinster, Bachelor, Guy, Dude
27 Firefighters and Freshpersons
28 A Slam Dunk桾he Language of Sports
29 Fooling Around桾he Language of Love
30 Gung Ho桾he Language of War
31 Filibustering桾he Language of Politics
32 LOL桾he Language of the Internet
33 #$@%!桭orbidden Words
34 Couldn抰 (or Could) Care Less
35 Musquirt and Other Lexical Gaps
36 Playing Fast and Loose with Words

About Author:

Anne Curzan
Ph.D., University of Michigan
University of Michigan

Dr. Anne Curzan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan. She earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.

Professor Curzan has won several awards for teaching, including the University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award, the Faculty Recognition Award, and the John Dewey Award. Her research interests include the history of English, language and gender, corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and lexicography. In addition to writing numerous articles, reviews, and edited volumes, Professor Curzan is the author of Gender Shifts in the History of English and the coauthor of How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction and First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching.

Beyond her teaching and research interests, she is a member of the American Dialect Society and sits on the usage panel for the American Heritage Dictionary. She can also be found talking about language in her column, "Talking About Words," in Michigan Today and on the segment, "That's What They Say," on Michigan Radio.

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