ANTHRCUL 299 - Topics in Linguistic Anthropology
Section: 201 Your Place or Mine? Language and the Antrhopology of Place and Space
Term: SU 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
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How do people talk differently in different places? How do different languages give speakers varying resources for talking about place? How do cultures construct and struggle over certain kinds of places? How do language, gender, ethnicity, inequality and power figure into humans' experiences of place and space? How can we understand people's experiences of the built environment, such as houses and cities and how these affect our behavior? Drawing on readings from linguistic and cultural anthropology, dialectology and geography, we will look at some of the ways in which people draw upon notions of language and place to create and negotiate their relationship to the lived environment. Assuming no background in linguistics or anthropology, the course brings together central notions from linguistic anthropology with several case studies in the anthropological and geographic literature in order to explore peoples' varied and contested experience of places. Students will examine notions of language variation, place-naming practices, spatial deixis and directionality, everyday conversation and narrative by learning to read several short ethnographies and other case studies from the Americas, Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. This broad focus will allow students to consider linguistic and semiotic aspects of emplacement and displacement processes.

ANTHRCUL 299 - Topics in Linguistic Anthropology
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201 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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