101 People and Their Language (SBU) (4 units)

Fall 2012


MW 1:25 - 2:15 - Bartlett 65


Lisa Green []


Disc 1: F 1:25-2:15 (Michael Clauss; ) Machmer E-33

Disc 2: F 11:15-12:05 (Michael Clauss; ) Machmer E-33

Disc 3: F 12:20-1:10 (Margaret Grant; ) Machmer E-33

Disc 4: F 1:25-2:15 (Margaret Grant; ) Machmer E-10

Disc 5: closed (teaching assistant TBA)

Disc 6: closed (teaching assistant TBA)

Disc 7: F 12:20-1:10 (Hannah Greene; ) Machmer W-27

Disc 8: F 1:25-2:15 (Hannah Greene; ) Machmer W-18

Disc 9: F 1:25-2:15 (Suzi Lima; ) Machmer W-25

Disc 10: F 10:10-11:00 (Suzi Lima; ) Machmer E-33


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 10 sections at times ranging from 10:10 to 1:25. An honors colloquium is also offered Weds. 2:30-3:20 p.m.