101 People and Their Language (3 units)

Spring 2008


WF 11:15 - 12:05 - Thompson 102


John Kingston []


Disc 1: M 11:15-12:05 (Karen Jesney; ) Machmer E-33

Disc 2: M 10:10-11:00 (Aynat Rubinstein; ) Machmer E-33

Disc 3: M 12:20-1:10 (Misato Hiraga; ) Machmer E-33

Disc 4: M 11:15-12:05 (Jan Anderssen; ) Bartlett 127

Disc 5: M 12:20-1:10 (Karen Jesney; ) Herter 107

Disc 6: M 1:25-2:15 (Jan Anderssen; ) Machmer E-33

Disc 7: M 11:15-12:05 (Kathryn Pruitt; ) Bartlett 212

Disc 8: M 11:15-12:05 (Misato Hiraga; ) Machmer W-11


Fulfills Social & Behavioral General Education Requirement. 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 Monday. There are 8 sections at times ranging from 10:10 to 1:25.