Professor Anne Curzan, Ph.D.

Professor Anne Curzan
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan
I love this chance to share my passion for exploring the history of language and the dynamics of everyday talk. It allows us to see and hear the language around us in entirely new ways.
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.
Testimonials

"Professor Curzan is not only very professional, but a delight to watch and listen too.  I'll purchase every course Professor Curzan presents."

 

"Dr. Curzan is so fun and full of enthusiasm, her lectures are a joy. I was like, "yeah!", finally somebody has noticed people saying/using words the same way I have. She explained so many word mysteries that have been nagging me."

 

"Listening to Anne Curzan's "The Secret Life of Words" is truly a joy. Her presentation is vivacious and charming, and the things one learns about the origins of English words is often surprising and funny."

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  1. (Set) The Secret Life of Words & Becoming a Great Essayist Set on sale

    (Set) The Secret Life of Words & Becoming a Great Essayist

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $515.00 Starting at $53.90 $644.90 $53.90$644.90
    This two-course set will help you learn about your language and hone your writing skills. Start with a delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to cyber-communications with The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins. Then, unlock your potential in essay writing with Becoming a Great Essayist so that you may write honest, compelling, and GREAT essays.
  2. (Set) English in America & The Secret Life of Words Set on sale

    (Set) English in America & The Secret Life of Words

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $472.00 Starting at $44.90 $574.90 $44.90$574.90
    English is a constantly evolving language. This two-course set provides a deep dive into the history of how our language came to be—and where it's going next. Start with English in America: A Linguistic History, delving into the dialects that form American English. Then The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins gives you an informative survey of English, from its origins to the rise of...
  3. (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & The Secret Life of Words Set on sale

    (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & The Secret Life of Words

    Anne Curzan
    Save up to $507.00 Starting at $93.90 $644.90 $93.90$644.90
    If you love the rich, vast nuances of the English language, this two-course set is for you. Start with an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of grammar in English Grammar Boot Camp. Then, join a delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications with The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins.
  4. (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & The Secret Life of Words Set on sale

    (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & The Secret Life of Words

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $595.00 Starting at $111.90 $759.90 $111.90$759.90
    Sharpen your language skills with this set. In Building a Better Vocabulary, use the tools of cognitive science to learn new words in a way that truly sticks. Then, in The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins, hear the fascinating stories behind dozens of words you thought you knew well.
  5. (Set) Language Families of the World & The Secret Life of Words Set on sale

    (Set) Language Families of the World & The Secret Life of Words

    Anne Curzan
    Save up to $581.00 Starting at $124.90 $759.90 $124.90$759.90
    Using the tools of linguistics, undertake a voyage of discovery through our spoken words with this two-course set. Uncover the origins of language families around the world and the ways languages have developed with Language Families of the World. Then, hear the story behind the everyday words in our lexicon with The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins.
  6. (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Latin 101 Set on sale

    (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Latin 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $493.00 Starting at $106.90 $644.90 $106.90$644.90
    Get the inside scoop on language, from the history of ancient vocabulary to the nuances of grammar with this two course set. Start with an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of grammar in English Grammar Boot Camp. Then, gain access to some of the world’s greatest thought in its original language with Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language.
  7. (Set) Communication, Influence & Memory: 4 Course Set Set on sale

    (Set) Communication, Influence & Memory: 4 Course Set

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $483.90 Starting at $77.90 $599.80 $77.90$599.80
    Learn the skills to improve your life with this set of courses. Begin by unlocking the scientific secrets for a powerful memory. Move into 6 lessons for better communication–learning the tips you need for better conversations. Then, discover the tools you need for public speaking from some of the greatest speeches in history. Finally, gain mastery of life’s most powerful skill, influencing those around you.
  8. (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Building a Better Vocabulary Set on sale

    (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Building a Better Vocabulary

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $503.00 Starting at $106.90 $654.90 $106.90$654.90
    This two-course set gives you the tools to understand proper grammar and command an eloquent vocabulary. Start with an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of grammar in English Grammar Boot Camp. Then, take an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, including the etymology and morphology of words in Building a Better Vocabulary.
  9. (Set) Language and Society & The Secret Life of Words Set on sale

    (Set) Language and Society & The Secret Life of Words

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $533.00 Starting at $48.90 $644.90 $48.90$644.90
    Delve into the English language's most fascinating facets with this set. First, see how the words that you speak influence the way that you are perceived in society. Then, dive into the interesting stories behind the words you use every day.
  10. (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Effective Communication Skills Set on sale

    (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Effective Communication Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $409.00 Starting at $79.90 $524.90 $79.90$524.90
    Whether you are writing or speaking, how well you communicate can tell your audience a lot about you. This two-course set gives you the tools you need for extraordinary communications. Start with an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of grammar in English Grammar Boot Camp. Then, learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your...
  11. (Set) How to Publish Your Book & The Secret Life of Words Set on sale

    (Set) How to Publish Your Book & The Secret Life of Words

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $515.00 Starting at $53.90 $644.90 $53.90$644.90
    Words are phenomenal. Learn their secrets and put them to good use with this two-course set that takes you from the roots and evolution of our language in The Secret Lives of Words, to the art of How to Publish Your Book, uncovering the secrets of the publishing world as revealed by an industry expert.