ANTHRCUL 356 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Section: 002 Language Myths in Anthropological Perspective
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Humans use speech evaluations to mark their identities and order their social worlds. Every day we hear people evaluating other people’s speech: “Can you believe it? She said ‘ain’t’!” “I know he’s a smart guy, but he just sounds so ignorant!” Underlying such statements are myths about language and the way it works. Unfortunately, language myths often serve to perpetuate social inequality. This course aims to explore language myths on three levels. First of all, students will learn to challenge their own linguistic beliefs and adapt a more relativistic standpoint. Secondly, they will begin to formulate an answer to the questions, “If language myths are fallacies, why are they so widespread? What social work do they perform?” Finally, the course is organized to provide a general introduction to some of the main concepts in linguistic anthropology, using the trope of the language myth as a starting point.

ANTHRCUL 356 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
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001 (LEC)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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