ANTHRCUL 577 - Language as Social Action
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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The purpose of this course is to develop a a framework for viewing language as a social, cultural, and political matrix, and as incorporating forms of practice through which social relations, cultural forms, ideology, and consciousness are constituted. Through this perspective, analysis of linguistic practice can offer tools for ethnographic and textual research as well as for research on language itself. Topics covered include: models of language as action; the interactional construction of social actors and reference; meaning and intentionality; the role of language in a political economy, and vice versa (the political economy of linguistic forms); the relation of language to social formations and institutions; metalanguage and ideology; the emergence of meanings in interaction; the organization of conversation and other linguistic activities; the linguistic dimension of social and cultural stereotypes; performance and poetics. This year we will give particular attention to the following themes: analytical scales and metrics; the analysis of social events, and their relationship to social formations and linguistic practice. Methodological tools such as narrative and textual analysis, and conversation analysis, as well as the siting of research, will also be emphasized.

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ANTHRCUL 577 - Language as Social Action
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001 (SEM)
14Graduate Standing
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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