L200 | 0378 | 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 class and gender?  What can jokes tell us about
how we are perceived by members of another culture?  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.