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ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH-637
Discourse, Text, and Voice (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. This seminar reviews current approaches to studies of narrative and conversation, and the insights into social location, ideology, and claims to power which such studies disclose. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: graduate standing in anthropology or permission of instructor.

ANTH-637
001
ANTHROPOLOGY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Discourse, Text, and Voice (3)

Multilingualism and Power

Despite common political, institutional and media portrayals, most societies are multilingual. Multilingualism can be studied from a number of vantage points, including examining language varieties associated with a single language code, language acquisition and socialization of two or more language codes, dialogic connections that speakers and signers make between language codes, and the sociopolitical orders organizing and stratifying relationships between language usage groups. This course reviews interactive, ethnographic and discourse analytic approaches to the study of multilingual sites to develop insights into the ways that language usage reflects and responds to power, particularly in connection to language ideologies and social hierarchies.