Anthropology | Language and Culture
L200 | 11597 | LeSourd

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, four response papers, and midterm and final exams.