Anthropology 105: Language, Communication, and Culture

Academic Year:
Fall 2014
Day and Time:
MoWe 9:05-9:55am

What is an accent? Should each nation have an official language? Should bilingual education be mandatory? Is text messaging ruining the English language LOL? This General Education course takes up such questions by introducing students to key concepts in Linguistic Anthropology, one of Anthropology's four primary subfields. We explore insights from language-focused disciplinary orientations, such as Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Applied Linguistics, as well as a range of methodological approaches, such as Conversation Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Ethnography of Communication, and Semiotics. The broader goal is to develop a distinctly anthropological view of what has been called the total linguistic fact: structure, ideology, context, and domain. The interplay among these realms will come to be seen as the very process through which communicative practices become central sites of social action that simultaneously (re)produce and (trans)form language in/and culture.  Percentage of Latin Am and/or Latino Content: 25%


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