Linguistic Anthropology University of Tsukuba
An introduction to linguistic anthropology, this course explores the relationship between language and culture, especially on how language reflects culture and how culture creates language. Through the lectures, required readings, group discussions, and student projects, we will learn the roles and functions of language in creating universal as well as cultural-specific worldviews.
Drawing upon basic linguistic and anthropological concepts as well as analytical procedures, we will explore the answers to the following questions: What is the role of language within human social and cultural conducts? What do language structure and linguistic practices reveal about culture specific worldviews? How does language index social identities, such as ethnicity, generation, and gender? How and why does cross-cultural miscommunication occur? How is language used in multilingual communities? What is the status of endangered languages in the world? In sum, we will try to understand the idea that “Language is the essence of culture.
An introduction to linguistic anthropology, this course explores the theories and concepts that help us understand the dynamic relationship between language, culture, and society. The class will be based on the lectures by the instructor and in-class activities in a pair or group format.1. General-propose competence: critical and creative thinking skills, broad perspective and internationalism, collaborative, independent & autonomous skills.2. Special competence: understanding international relations, understanding international development, analytical skills on international relations.
No previous knowledge on linguistics or anthropology necessary.
Based on Attendance and participation (40%), Reading review tests (30%) and final paper presentation (30%)
Orientation & IntroductionCourse orientation & Introductory lecture to linguistic anthropologyCommunication and the sign system, What’s in a ‘word’? Where does “meaning” lie?Language and the Way We See the WorldLinguistic Relativity Theory: The Sapir-Whorf HypothesisMetaphors and MetonymyLanguage and Symbolic FunctionsIcon, Symbols, and IndexPronouns and references: Japanese and other languagesReading for next week (1) Miyazaki, “Japanese junior high school girls’ and boy’s first-person pronoun use and their social world”Interaction in ContextReading review & discussion (1)Context of Communication: Audience, accommodationPragmatics of Communication: Speech act, politeness theoryEthnography of speaking 1Ethnography of Speaking: Greeting and silence across cultures; American small talkExplanation on the final research paper. Reading for next week (2) Ide, “Aisatsu”On conducting your own ethnographic researchEthnography of speaking 2Reading review & discussion (2)Speech communities and the community of practice; Miscommunication and stereotypesCyber space as a community of practice Reading for next week (3) Watanabe, “Cultural differences in framing”Language, identity, and the community of practiceReading review & discussion (3)Linguistic profile of the worldDiglossia, pidgin and creole, code-switching, etc.Language and identitySinglish, Manglish, Easy Japanese and so on.Language loss and revitalization The Bosavi in Papua New Guinea and Maori in New ZealandWrap up discussion and final preparation for the presentationFinal presentation (1)Final presentation (2)
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An introduction to linguistic anthropology, this course explores the theories and concepts that help us understand the dynamic relationship between language, culture, and society. The class will be based on the lectures by the instructor and in-class activities in a pair or group format.
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