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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Nov 20, 2017
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

LING 021. Anthropological Linguistics

(Cross-listed as ANTH 020N )
Communication and culture mutually define one another across communities worldwide. Human linguistic diversity, language contact and language change, and face to face communication continue to be key areas of inquiry for both linguistics and anthropology. Colonialism, globalization, mobility, and new technologies are changing the way we transmit and conceive of cultural knowledge, community, and our selves and the natural environment. In this course we draw attention to codeswitching, creoles, language endangerment, and constructed languages as reflections of our changing societies. We also address the ethics of fieldwork as a means of investigating these important social phenomena at the interfaces of language/ecology, language/identity, Global North/South.
Prerequisite: Any Linguistics or Anthropology course or permission of instructor.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Linguistics  
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