William R Seaburg
Explores the determining role of language in human communication, culture and worldview; and the implications of language structure and content to forms of communicative interaction. Review and critique of theories of language as a social phenomena.
The course begins with an introduction to how anthropological linguists define the components or features of (primarily spoken) language. The core of the course explores interconnections between language, society, and cultural knowledge, as in: language and names, language and worldview, metaphors and pragmatics, the structure of conversation, conversation in people's lives, language and gender, language and advertising, language and ethnicity/identity, language and geography and, speech play and verbal art. This course will change forever the way you listen to, read, and think about language as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon.
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