L200 | 0439 | Le Sourd

How do the languages that people speak reflect their cultures and their
traditions?  Does the language that a person speaks influence the way he
or she thinks and perceives the world?  What does a child have to learn to
learn to speak and understand a language?  How does linguistic variation
reflect distinctions of race, class, and gender? This course seeks to
address such questions through case studies of
languages and their cultural contexts.  It provides an introduction to the
methods of modern linguistics, but requires no previous experience with
the discipline.  Work for the course includes a series of
problems that provide students with hands-on experience with the methods
of linguistic analysis, two response papers, and midterm and final exams.