Linguistic Anthropology: On the Power of Gestures, Jokes, and Words

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Linguistic Anthropology

Spring 2021

Taught By: Rachel Heiman

Section: A

CRN: 8969

Credits: 3

Language is not simply a means of expressing ideas and exchanging information. As we move through our daily lives, our words and gestures continually construct, negotiate, and contest our identities, social worlds, and political conditions. In this course, we explore the powerful role that communication (and miscommunication) play in the formation of gender dynamics, class relations, racial hierarchies, social institutions, and national boundaries. Through ethnographic readings and firsthand observations of linguistic forms and language practices, students gain an appreciation for the anthropological subfield of linguistic anthropology. Class readings examine ideas about language and the complex power dynamics and multiple layers of meaning in everyday language use, ranging from bodega chitchat and asylum interviews to political humor and online rants. Semester-long projects enable students to conduct an analysis of a speech event of their own choosing.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021