MoWe 9:00AM - 11:00AM / 3301 Wesley W Posvar Hall / CRn 30127
This course is an intensive, graduate-level introduction to theoretical issues in the study of linguistic anthropology. Our aim is to examine language as a semiotic practice through which social relations, cultural models, and consciousness are constituted. Specific topics include: approaches to signs and significance; linguistic relativity (relationships between habits of speech, thought, and action); analysis of conversation and interaction; relationships between meaning and intention; models for the apprehension of variation and change; linguistic dimensions of cultural stereotypes; and the means by which languages, styles, and other aspects of cultural patterning, can be mapped onto populations. Throughout the course we pay particular attention to the analysis of linguistic practice as a tool for the study of topics other than language – as a framework for ethnography, for textual research, and for the study of material culture. No background in linguistics or anthropology is assumed.
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