E/LIN 321L American English

Please note: the Canvas course for this class has now been published.


Hinrichs, L


36055 (E); 40375 (LIN)


Spring 2021


Cultural Diversity in the US; Independent Inquiry; Writing


TTH 9:30-11a, online

Instructional mode

Internet (Web-based)


Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.


We will begin by looking at the development of American English since colonial times. The major part of the course will be devoted to different varieties of English in the U.S. and Canada. We will consider linguistic variation according to factors such as region, social status, ethnicity, age, and gender. Students will be asked to perform their own case studies of a variety of English spoken in Texas.

The basic text for the course will be American English by Wolfram and Schilling-Estes (third edition, Oxford/Malden: Blackwell, 2015). Additional readings will be made available electronically.


Wolfram, W. and N. Schilling. American English. 3rd edition (2016). Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-39022-1.

Requirements & Grading

Throughout the semester, students will work on the following graded components:

  • Weekly assignments

  • Intro to Sound Description module

  • Research project

      • Topic proposal

      • Data capsule

      • Oral presentation

      • Written report

  • Final exam