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Fall 2015-2016
* ANT 249 / LIN 249 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Language and Culture

Perry M. Sherouse

This course is an introduction to linguistic anthropology, the study of language in comparative social context. What is "language," and why does it matter? To answer this question, we will read classic and contemporary approaches to language as social action. In addition to providing an introduction to some of the key thematic trends in the analysis of language and culture, this course also offers an overview of the emergence of linguistic anthropology as a discipline.

Sample reading list:
Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics [Wade Baskin translation]
Laura Ahearn, Living Language
Charles Briggs, Learning How to Ask
Richard Bauman, Verbal Art as Performance
Bloomfield; Boas; Hymes, Jakobson, Sapir, Silverstein, Excerpts
Austin; Jackson; Labov; Ochs; Sidnell, Excerpts
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading averages 50-75 pages/week. Students will complete three article synopses (500 words, 10% each) and a short paper (5 pages, 10%). The midterm and final exams are take-home assignments.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Other information:
This course does not presume any familiarity with linguistic or anthropological theory.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23872 S01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Friend Center   112   Enrolled:19 Limit:20