examines the complex relationship between culture and language.
Lectures and readings will use ethnographic case studies and linguistic
data to explore various theories about how language is shaped by,
and in turn shapes, culture and social relations.
will learn how to analyze the components of languages around the
world, using linguistics as the primary means for investigation.
- the origins
- the social
uses of language among different cultural groups
- the formal
elements of language, such as grammar, morphology, and syntax
(histories) of words and language shifts
- language change
- how anthropologists document the dynamic and more formal elements of language
- the role that computers/software play in studying language; changing language
- indigenous and non-indigenous languages
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