[CRIS 251] 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 including poetry, hip-hop, dirty jokes, etc. We also examine how ethnographic methods can be used alongside linguistic methods to better understand the connections between culture and communication.Edit my profile
Language and Culture
Prerequisite: Anthropology 100 or consent of instructor.
Also listed as Anthropology 209.