This course will explore how Native North American languages are used in relation to the historical circumstances, cultural practices and social settings of their speakers. Of particular concern is the interrelationship between linguistic practice and ideologies that can either promote or discourage the use (and maintenance) of these languages. We will focus on topics such as the relationship between language and landscape, oral narratives, language and thought, dominant/subordinate language contact situations, sign language, and literacy.
Course requirements include preparation for and active participation in discussions, three short book reviews, a midterm exam, and a paper on a topic related to the course.
No special background is required, but students should have upper-level or graduate student status.
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