Linguistics 313

Language in Society

Full course for one semester. The course will introduce the study of language, both spoken and written, as a central element in the construction of social life. On the one hand, society occasions and constrains language; on the other, linguistic behavior creatively affects social relationships and the contexts of social action. The class will use both ethnographic materials and modest field investigations of its own to explore this dual relationship. Prerequisite: Anthropology/Linguistics 311, either previously or concurrently, or consent of the instructor. Conference. Cross-listed as Anthropology 313.

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