ANTHRCUL 374 - Language and Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course surveys a century’s worth of research and reflection on language as a part of "culture," drawing on literature in anthropology, linguistics, and related fields. In exploring language in cultural context, some have approached language as if it were a mere window into cultural diversity. Perhaps culture, they reason, can be discovered in a community’s distinctive repertoire of words, or in its grammatical categories, or in its styles of face-to-face interaction. Included here are those who see culture as primarily cognitive — group-relative ways of ‘knowing’ and ‘thinking’, such as how people conceive of putatively universal categories like space and time, or how they classify people and things. Others suggest that language is no innocent medium at all, that it does not passively disclose facts about a preexisting social, cultural, and cognitive world, but may help actively constitute it, even transform it. We explore these and other issues through classic and contemporary readings and through examples culled from across the globe. This course does not assume any background in linguistics and has no prerequisites.

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ANTHRCUL 374 - Language and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
14773
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
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14774
Open
11
18So>
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
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14775
Open
11
14So>
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
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14776
Open
15
17So>
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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