112. Languages of the World. (2). (SS).
See Linguistics 112 (Spring Term).
211. Introduction to Language. (2). (SS).
The study of language offers a way of looking at some of the most significant aspects of human experience. Language reflects and structures the way we think. It creates and is created by power relationships expressed through gender, race, class, and geography. Language offers us avenues for resistance as well as oppression. Through this course we will attempt to understand the many different roles language plays in our social and psychological lives. At the same time we will also learn some of the fundamentals of language structure which are basic to an appreciation of large-scale language issues. Course assignments will likely include biweekly homework and hourly exams. There will be a combination of course texts including background information as well as a selection of readings.
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