Date: Sun, 24 Sep 1995 23:26:40 -0700

From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET

Subject: Linguistics as GE

At 1:24 PM 9/24/95, Barbara Need wrote:

Well, for starters, Linguistics is NOT an English course (unless it

happens to be taught in an English Dept). It has value for persons

studying ANY language. It teaches you not how to use language, but

to understand how language is used: what its buidling blocks are,

how it changes, how society and societies use it to shape their


A suggestion: consider "Linguistics for the non-major." Do any of you word

types remember having to take physics/calculus/chemistry courses designed

for majors-and having to compete with pre-med majors? Profs in those

areas were challenged to create courses around the question, "What about

your subject does ANY Educated Person need to know?"