LNG1100 Spring 2021 Final Term Paper (20% of your total grade) The purpose of the term paper

Discipline: Classic English Literature

Type of Paper: Research paper

Academic Level: Undergrad. (yrs 3-4)

Paper Format: APA

Pages: 4 Words: 1060


LNG1100 Spring 2021


 Final Term Paper (20% of your total grade)


The purpose of the term paper is to encourage you to apply key concepts relating language to macro societal issues by 6inding your own examples and analyze data.


Choose ONE of the following topics and write a 3- to 4-page paper (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, following APA or MLA citation format). Please make sure you cite your sources properly – both in-text and the reference list.



1.  Language planning and language policy


Do you agree that the US should adopt English as its of6icial language? Why and why not? Justify your opinions with concrete examples. Be sure to use key concepts discussed in class (e.g., different types of language planning) and cite at least 3 sources to support your position.


2.  Language and Media


Follow Lippi-Green’s (1997) example, focus on one or two movies or TV series and analyze the characters’ language use (e.g., accent, dialect, speech style, etc.). Can you 6indany patterns? How is accent, dialect, speech style used for characterization? Do you 6ind it problematic? (e.g., how Awkwa6ina uses AAVE in Crazy Rich Asians; Apu in Simpsons).


***Please do not reproduce my PowerPoint slides. You need to conduct research and offer some original arguments.


Grading Criteria


Your term paper will be graded on the following:


     Clear understanding of the key concepts discussed in class and in reading


     Quality, quantity, and originality of examples


     Overall organization of your paper


     Quality of your writing (e.g. grammar, sentence structures, style, citation, etc.). Please be sure to cite your sources properly following either MLA or APAcitation format.


Due day: Thursday, Dec 16 (before midnight)


Upload your paper to Blackboard. ***Any paper that copies internet sources withoutproper citation will receive a zero for this assignm

LNG1100 Spring 2021