| Language and Culture
L200 | 0473 | 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?
This course seeks to address such questions through case studies of
languages and their cultural contexts, focusing primarily on languages of
Native North America and Australia. 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.