Class time: Tu-Th 4 – 5:15
Denice Szafran Classroom: Welles 26
Sturges 13F 245-5174 Office hours: Wed & Fri 2-3:30
email: firstname.lastname@example.org FINAL EXAM TH 12/12 3:30-6:30
NOTE: The course content is subject to change as necessary throughout the semester. All students are responsible for attending class for information in this regard. Check myCourses for updates and announcements, lecture outlines, and information on homework, papers, and exams. It is important to consult the myCourses page at a minimum of once a week for changes and important information.
This course examines the mutually inclusive relationship between language and society. With regard to the linguistic dimensions of society, it will explore micro-sociolinguistics and investigate how the way people talk correlates with social variables, such as class, gender, ethnicity, and education, etc. With regard to the social dimensions of language, it will explore macro-sociolinguistics and investigate what societies do with their languages, as in linguistic engineering and language attitudes. In the process, certain issues will be examined, where linguistic problems have become societal problems, as in educational failures, bilingualism, and ethnic conflicts arising from rival linguistic-cultural identities.
As a Social Science Core course, Anth 231 is designed to deepen your understanding and awareness of speakers as social beings, and to introduce to you the different approaches and methods used by linguists in the investigation of the social aspects of speech and communication.
Blum, Susan D.
2013 Making Sense of Language. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
2003 The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
Additional required readings are loaded onto myCourses and the due dates are indicated on the syllabus. Please feel free to search online and in local stores for used copies of the texts or share books.
Readings are from the textbook, and from additional materials uploaded to myCourses. Please make sure you have read them by the day they are listed on the syllabus, as we will discuss them in class on that day.
There will be two exams for the class, a midterm and a final. The final exam will be take-home project that I will hand out on November 19th. We will meet on the day scheduled for your final, Thursday, December 12th at 3:30 pm, to hand them in and discuss what you have researched. You MUST show up on final exam day in order to receive credit for the exam!
You are to produce a descriptive and analytic report on the required reading, The Power of Babel. The length of the paper must be five to seven typed double-spaced pages (no greater than a Courier Font at 12 point), not including the references cited section. You should include references to the material covered in class as it applies to Babel. Please make sure you cite where you quote or paraphrase or use ideas from your references. Papers without citations referenced in the body of the text will be graded lower. All papers must have an additional page listing the references cited in the text. I loaded the AAA Style Guide onto myCourses, and I expect that you will use this style for your citations in the paper.
Midterm Exam: 30 %
Discussions 10 %
Final Project: 40 %
Paper: 20 %
93 -100 A 73 – 76.9 C
90 – 92.9 A- 70 – 72.9 C-
87 – 89.9 B+ 67 – 69.9 D+
83 – 86.9 B 63 – 66.9 D
80 – 82.9 B- > 62.9 F
77 – 79.9 C+
8/27 - 8/29
Introduction, syllabus, language and anthropology
Smiles, Winks and Words
The Origin of Speech
How to Do Things With Words
Language and Society
Metaphors We Live By
Language and Society
Language and Mind
To Give Up On Words
Place and Space
where the sun doesn’t rise in the east
Place an Space
The Social Stratification of (r)
The Relation of habitual Thought
hip hop nation language
language, race, and white public space
NO CLASS FALL BREAK
Gender and Identity
Power and Language of Men
Gender and Identity
“Unnatural” Gender in Hindi
Bad Language, Bad Citizens
FINAL PROJECT HANDED OUT
conflict, contact, control
Most of the World’s Languages Went Extinct
Attitudes and Ideologies
Discourse in the Novel
Naming, Framing and the Internet
Why All the Fuss?
NO CLASS THANKSGIVING BREAK
Downey (see below)
Indigenous Language Endangerment
Language as a Social Entity
3:30 – 6:30 pm
*Downey: Language Extinction Ain’t No Big Thing?