101 People and Their Language (SBU) (4 units)Spring 2014
WF 11:15 - 12:05 - Thompson 106
Disc 1: M 11:15-12:05 (Nicholas LaCara; ) Dickinson 209
Disc 2: M 11:15-12:05 (Yelena Fainleib; ) Dickinson 214
Disc 3: M 11:15-12:05 (Hsin-Lun Huang; ) Dickinson 110
Disc 4: M 11:15-12:05 (Aleksei Nazarov; ) Dickinson 206
Disc 5: M 12:20-1:10 (Hsin-Lun Huang; ) Dickinson 209
Disc 6: M 1:25-2:15 (Aleksei Nazarov; ) Dickinson 214
Disc 7: M 10:10-11:00 (Yelena Fainleib; ) Dickinson 216
Disc 8: M 12:20-1:10 (Nicholas LaCara; ) Dickinson 214
Fulfills Social & Behavioral (SB) and United States Social and Cultural Diversity (U) General Education Requirement. This course is about three big ideas: (1) Human language is an instinct, which has properties far beyond those needed for communication. Chimps, bees and birds can communicate, but only humans have the language instinct. (2) All human languages, spoken or signed, are equal. There are no primitive languages and all dialects follow rules of grammar. (3) We use language to make community. When you say 'frappe' or 'milk shake', you make a statement about the group you belong to. These ideas are explored through lectures, videos, readings, and discussion.
Fulfills Social & Behavioral (SB) and United States Social and Cultural Diversity (U) General Education Requirement.