UMass Sesquicentennial


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

Fall 2014

Meetings

MW - 1:25 - 2:15 - Bartlett 65

Instructors

Margaret Speas []

Discussions

Disc 1: F 1:25 - 2:15 (Jason Overfelt; ) Hasbrouck Lab Room 107

Disc 2: F 1:25 - 2:15 (Sakshi Bhatia; ) Hasbrouck Lab Room 104A

Disc 3: F 1:25 - 2:15 (Tracy Conner; ) Hasbrouck Lab Room 111

Disc 4: F 1:25 - 2:15 (Nicholas LaCara; ) Hasbrouck Lab Room 130

Disc 5: F 12:20 - 1:10 (Sakshi Bhatia; ) Hasbrouck Lab Room 107

Disc 6: F 12:20 - 1:10 (Nicholas LaCara; ) Hasbrouck Lab Room 130

Disc 7: F 11:15 - 12:05 (Tracy Conner; ) Hasbrouck Lab Room 107

Disc 8: F 10:10 - 11:00 (Jason Overfelt; ) Hasbrouck Lab Room 107

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.