101 People and Their Language (SBU) (3 units)

Fall 2009

Meetings

MW 1:25 - 2:15 - Bartlett 65

Instructors

Margaret Speas []

Discussions

Disc 1: F 9:05 (Kevin Mullin; ) Hasbrouck 242

Disc 2: F 10:10 (Clinton Hartzell; ) Hasbrouck 242

Disc 3: F 11:15 (Pasha Siraj) Hasbrouck 230

Disc 4: F 1:25 (Noah Constant; ) Hasbrouck 107

Disc 5: F 12:20 (Kevin Mullin; ) Hasbrouck 242

Disc 6: F 2:30 (Pasha Siraj) Hasbrouck 109

Disc 7: F 10:10 (Noah Constant; ) Hasbrouck 109

Disc 8: F 1:25 (Kevin Mullin; ) Hasbrouck 228

Disc 9: F 11:15 (Clinton Hartzell; ) Hasbrouck 242

Disc 10: F 12:20 (Noah Constant; ) Hasbrouck 109

Disc 11: F 1:25 (Pasha Siraj) Hasbrouck 109

Disc 12: F 1:25 (Clinton Hartzell; ) Hasbrouck 242

Description

Fulfills Social & Behavioral and Diversity U.S. General Education Requirements. This course looks at human language from two perspectives. One perspective is biological: language is a uniquely human instinct, a part of the human genome. Because language is an instinct, all human languages are, at some deep level, the same. The other perspective is social: language is an important -- perhaps the most important -- cultural artifact in any society. With this perspective, we will look at how and why languages and dialects differ, studying language as a force that dynamically shapes and is shaped by history, class, status, ethnicity, gender, and institutions like the media and the law. Throughout, we will also examine the interplay of biological and social factors in human language. No prerequisites, and you don't have to be good at languages to enjoy this course. Discussions meet on Friday. There are 12 sections at times ranging from 9:05 to 2:30. There is also an Honors Colloquium scheduled for W 2:30-3:20.