This course offers a linguistic approach to the English language: it studies the social conventions which
determine the structure and use of the English language as it is currently spoken and written in Canada and
elsewhere in the world. It is meant to serve a wide variety of students, for instance scientists interested in
the precise, systematic, objective analysis of English as an object of study in its own right, educators
hoping to teach language with greater insight and sensitivity, and English majors interested in appreciating
the medium which enables their own writing and that of all other English-language authors. All students
who take the course should find that it enhances their understanding of and interest in their own language
use and that of other people. This is not a course in composition; nor is it a course in remedial grammar.