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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 23, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This course approaches language as a practice through which social relations, cultural models, and consciousness are constituted. Specific topics include: approaches to signs and significance; linguistic relativity (relationships between habits of speech, thought, and action); analysis of conversation and interaction; relationships between meaning and intention; models of variation and change; linguistic dimensions of cultural stereotypes; and the means by which languages, styles, and other aspects of cultural patterning, can be mapped onto populations. Throughout the course we pay particular attention to how tools from linguistic and semiotic anthropology can be applied to the study of topics other than language ’ as a framework for ethnography, for textual research, and for the study of material culture.
Academic Career: Graduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Grad LG/SNC Basis

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