Anthropology of Language (E)

Mersin University

ENGLISH LINGUISTICS PROGRAM

COURSE OUTLINE

COURSE INFORMATION  
Year 2013-2014
Semester Spring
Course Code İDB 222
Course Title Anthropology of Language
Instructor Asst. Prof. Dr. Özlem KURTOĞLU
Office Hours Friday 14:50 – 16:30

 

OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE COURSE  
The aim of the course is to provide students a theoretical training in understanding language from an anthropological point of view. Students will be able to examine the issues arising from both anthropology and linguistics.

 

WEEKLY TOPICS    
DATE TOPIC ASSIGNMENT/READING
     
– 13.02.2014 Introduction                   Foley, A. (1-3), Duranti, A. (1-4)
– 20.02.2014 Definitions: Anthropology of Language, Anthropological Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology                   Duranti, A. (5-22)
– 27.02.2014 Meaning, Cognition and the Domain of Anthropological Linguistics, The Nature of Linguistic Sign: Icon, Index, Symbol                   Foley, A. (3-40)
– 06.03.2014 The Evolution of Language                   Foley, A. (43-78)
– 13.03.2014 Mind, Universals and the sensible world / Structuralism / Cognitive Anthropology Presentation

Foley, A. (81-91), (92-105), (106-130)

– 20.03.2014 Kinship / Color Presentation Foley, A. (131-149), (150-165)
– 27.03.2014 MID-TERM EXAM  
– 03.04.2014 On Relativist Understanding / Models and Metaphors/Linguistic Relativity and the Boasian Tradition Presentation

Foley, A. (169-178), (179-191), (192-214)

– 10.04.2014 Space / Classifiers Presentation Foley, A. (215-229), (230-245)
– 17.04.2014 Speaking as a Culturally Constructed Act / Politeness, Face and the Linguistic Construction of Personhood Presentation Foley, A. (249-259), (260-285)
– 24.04.2014 Language and Gender / Language and Social Position Presentation Foley, A. (286-306), (307-343)
– 08.05.2014 Language Socialization / Contact Induced Language Change / Language Contact and Contact Languages Presentation Foley, A. (345-358), (381-397),

Garrett, P. B. (46-72)

– 15.05.2014 Review  
– 29.05.2014 FINAL FINAL

 

REFERENCES  
Textbook(s) Foley, W. A. (2001). Anthropological Linguistics: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell.
Supplementary Reading(s) Duranti, A. (1997). Linguistic Anthropology. New York: CUP.

Garrett, P. B. (2004) Language Contact and Contact Languages. In Duranti, A. (Ed.) A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology. Oxford: Blackwell.

   

 

GRADING

  %

Mid-Term

40

Final

60 (48% presentations + 12% exam)

Total

100

 

 

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS                             

                

 

 

  • It is the student’s responsibility to record and follow his own attendance. (For the percentages, refer to the University’s Education Guide.)
  • Students should not enter the classroom after the class has been started.
  • Students who do not bring their course materials are not allowed to enter the class.
  • Cell phones should be turned off, or set to vibrate for emergency during the class. Camera, tape or video recording is not allowed if not stated otherwise.
  • Assignments should be prepared in accordance with the Department’s Assignment, Research Paper and Thesis (A.R.T.) Preparation Guide. (can be  accessed from the department’s site; http:www.mersindilbilim.info)
  • It is the student’s responsibility to practice the highest standards of academic honesty. Cheating, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
  • Assignments submitted later than the indicated dates are not accepted. Deadlines should strictly be followed.

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed information from another student, not from the instructor