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

Spring 2009

Meetings

WF 11:15 - 12:05 - Thompson 102

Instructors

John Kingston []

Discussions

Disc 1: M 11:15-12:05 (Annahita Farudi; ) Hasbrouck Add 104A

Disc 2: M 10:10-11:00 (Anisa Schardl; ) Hasbrouck 242

Disc 3: M 12:20-1:10 (Maria Biezma-Garrido; ) Bartlett 209

Disc 4: M 11:15-12:05 (Maria Biezma-Garrido; ) Bartlett 209

Disc 5: M 12:20-1:10 (Annahita Farudi; ) Hasbrouck Add 104A

Disc 6: M 1:25-2:15 (Brian Smith; ) Hasbrouck 230

Disc 7: M 11:15-12:05 (Anisa Schardl; ) Hasbrouck 242

Disc 8: M 11:15-12:05 (Brian Smith; ) Hasbrouck 230

Description

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