ANTHRCUL 272 - Language in Society
Winter 2021, Section 001 - Words Matter
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Primarily for first- and second-year students.
Other Course Info:
Primarily for first- and second-year students. W.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/19/21 - 4/21/21 (see other Sections below)
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This course introduces linguistic anthropology, the study of language in the comparative social and cultural context. Some of the questions we address include, What is "language," and why do anthropologists study it? How and to what extent does speaking a particular language construct a culturally specific model of the social and natural world, a sense of 'reality'? How do our linguistic perceptions influence the ways we recognize social differences, such as those based on ethnicity, race, class, and gender? How do linguistic practices and perceptions of language reinforce social divisions and relationships of unequal power? In pursuing these questions, we cover a range of topics related to understanding how linguistic practices contribute to the social construction of racial and ethnic identity, as well as discrimination based on these perceived differences. We consider, for instance, how judgments about "grammatical" and "ungrammatical" or "educated" and "uneducated" speech are ultimately grounded in social rather than linguistic factors. Throughout the course, we use examples and case studies from the United States and throughout the world.

Class Format:

This course will meet remotely.


ANTHRCUL 272 - Language in Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/19/21 - 4/21/21
002 (DIS)
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
1/19/21 - 4/21/21
003 (DIS)
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
1/19/21 - 4/21/21
004 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
1/19/21 - 4/21/21

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