UMass Sesquicentennial


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

Spring 2014

Meetings

WF 11:15 - 12:05 - Thompson 106

Instructors

Margaret Speas []

Discussions

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

Description

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.

Requirements

Fulfills Social & Behavioral (SB) and United States Social and Cultural Diversity (U) General Education Requirement.