ANTHRCUL 464 - Language, Culture, and Society in South Asia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
3
Enforced Prerequisites:
Junior and above.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

How are local ways of life, conventions of social interaction, religious and political traditions, and social hierarchies sustained through linguistic practices in South Asia? This course will examine key moments in the sociolinguistic history of pre-modern, colonial, and post-colonial linguistic communities in South Asia from 350 B.C.E to the present: Sanskritic cosmopolitanism; medieval vernacular literatures; colonial philology; language nationalism; and contemporary post-colonial language politics. We will consider language use in a variety of contexts: rituals, grammar, music, advertising, political oratory, dictionaries, government files, pageants, dictionaries, radio and television, and film. We will discuss a wide range of languages, including Sanskrit, Persian, Hindustani, Hindi, Urdu, Telegu, Tamil, English. Although focusing on a diverse array of languages and historical circumstances, the material will be united by several themes: the extreme mutability of language, both as a symbolic resource, and as a category itself; the regimenting effects of grammatical, lexicographical, and legal codification; and the way that language ideologies and their effects are embedded in wider sociohistorical processes.

ANTHRCUL 464 - Language, Culture, and Society in South Asia
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
29543
Open
18
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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