[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.

Course Title

Language and Culture

Course Code

CRIS 251




Prerequisite: Anthropology 100 or consent of instructor.


Offered occasionally.


Also listed as Anthropology 209.
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