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Language and Culture

This course is an introduction to the subdiscipline of linguistic anthropology: the study of language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice. Linguistic anthropology is concerned with the study of speech communities: groups of individuals who share a way of speaking. Throughout the semester, we read and discuss various topics related to the study of language and culture: language change; bilingualism; literacy and citizenship; the use of language in describing illness and speech as performance: poetry, hip-hop, dirty jokes. We also examine how ethnographic methods can be used alongside linguistic methods to better understand the connections between culture and communication.

Course Number

ANTH 209 C1

Course Number (Cross Listing 1)

CRIS 251 C1


Esperanza, Jennifer





Course Format


Course Format Description

Asynchronous lectures will be available three times a week (MWF). Students will be required to attend synchronus tutorials with the instructor (T or Th) online.

Time Slot

Early Morning



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