ANTHRCUL 272 - Language in Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Advisory Prerequisites:
Primarily for first- and second-year students.
Other Course Info:
W.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers students an introduction to linguistic anthropology, the study of language in comparative social and cultural context. Some of the questions we will consider in this course include:

  • What is "language," and why do anthropologists study it? How and to what extent does speaking a particular language construct a culturally specific model of the social and natural world, a sense of 'reality'?
  • How do our linguistic perceptions influence the ways we recognize social differences, such as those based on ethnicity, race, class and gender?
  • How do linguistic practices and perceptions of language reinforce social divisions and relationships of unequal power?

In pursuing these questions, we will cover a range of topics related to understanding how linguistic practices contribute to the social construction of racial and ethnic identity, as well as discrimination based on these perceived differences. We will consider how judgments about "grammatical" and "ungrammatical" or "educated" and "uneducated" speech are ultimately grounded in social rather than linguistic factors.

Some of the themes that recur throughout this course are:

  • Differences and similarities across languages and cultures, including language structures, language use, and patterns of language change;
  • the relationship between language and social life, particularly relations of race, class and gender;
  • issues of language politics, including policies regarding bilingualism/multilingualism, the development of official and unofficial standard languages, and the social consequences of language change and language death.

Throughout the course, we will consider examples and case studies from the United States and throughout the world. There are no prerequisites for this class. Requirements for the class include a midterm, a final, and a series of short assignments. The materials for this course include textbook(s) and articles that will be available on electronic reserve.

ANTHRCUL 272 - Language in Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11240
Open
31
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
11241
Open
2
 
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M 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
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11242
Open
1
 
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M 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
11243
Open
3
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
11244
Open
4
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
11245
Open
9
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
007 (DIS)
P
11246
Open
7
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
P
11247
Open
3
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
11248
Open
2
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
010 (DIS)
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11249
Closed
0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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