ANTHRCUL 272 - Language in Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Other:
Theme
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Primarily for first- and second-year students.
Other Course Info:
W.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces linguistic anthropology, the study of language in comparative social and cultural context. Some of the questions we address 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 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 consider, for instance, how judgments about "grammatical" and "ungrammatical" or "educated" and "uneducated" speech are ultimately grounded in social rather than linguistic factors. Throughout the course we use examples and case studies from the United States and throughout the world.

There are no prerequisites.

Requirements include a midterm, a final, and a series of short assignments.

ANTHRCUL 272 - Language in Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11130
Open
89
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
11131
Open
4
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
11132
Open
11
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
11133
Open
16
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
11134
Open
4
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
11135
Open
18
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
007 (DIS)
P
11136
Open
13
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
P
11137
Open
9
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
11138
Open
14
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
11139
Closed
0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 9780415559119
English with an accent : language, ideology and discrimination in the U.S., Author: Rosina Lippi-Green., Publisher: Routledge 2nd ed.
Required
ISBN: 9780140260236
Language myths, Publisher: Penguin Books 1998
Required
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