L600 | 0436 | Le Sourd

This course provides an introduction to the languages of Native North
America and the cultures of their speakers.  Topics to be covered include
the classification of Native American languages into families, the methods
by which the ancestral languages of these families may be reconstructed,
the relationships between linguistic areas and culture areas, the
relevance of linguistic relationships to hypotheses concerning the
peopling of the Americas, and the oral literatures Native American groups.
Work for the course will include problems in linguistic analysis and a
term paper.  No prior familiarity with linguistics is assumed.