Anthropology | Language and Culture
L200 | 0483 | 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?  Can children acquire a language under
social conditions that provide them with no consistent language to learn?
How did the capacity for language originate in our species?  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.
Problem sets provide students with hands-on experience with the methods of
linguistic analysis.