Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL)

FLL 301. Anthropological Linguistics. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to the science of linguistics, with an emphasis on the social and cultural aspects of language. Topics to be considered are: 1) language and human nature; 2) linguistic and non-linguistic forms of communication; 3) literate and oral cultures; 4) the basic components of language (phonology, morphology, syntax); 5) meaning in language and speech; 6) socio- linguistics (class, race, gender); and 7) the relationship between language and cultural knowledge systems, especially those of non-western cultures. The instructor will dram from linguistic and cultural materials that she has collected in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. We also read an in-depth study of the social and cultural contexts of language usage in a Muslim Bedouin society of North America.

Cross-listed Courses: PGS 300, ANT 300

FLL 302. Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will provide an introduction to language and linguistics as scientific fields of inquiry. The first half of the course will focus on the nature of language and linguistic knowledge through a descriptive alalysis of its individual components (phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax). The second half of the course will focus on language use (e.g., dialectal and social variation), language change (e.g., the evolution of French and Spanish from Latin), and language acquisition and foreign language teaching. Throughout the course, the role that linguistics plays in other fields and careers will be high- lighted. Linguistic data from a variety of languageswill be examined. Course will be taught in English.