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Linguistic Anthropology

2023/2024
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
6
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course covers variation of linguistic structures in cross-cultural perspective. The course considers language as a cultural resource and behavior. It provides a general overview of the empirical and methodological studies of linguistic categorization (e.g. the study of color terms, kinship terms, cardinal and relative directions, noun categorization); social functions of proper names and ethnography of naming; linguistic taboos; genderlects; ethnography of speaking; functions and structural properties of ritual languages; properties of traditional texts and story-telling; popular etymology and rites based on it, use of language as magical means; function of language as basis of mythological beliefs and plots. The course surveys linguistic methods in anthropology: linguofolkloristics, ethnolinguistics etc. It introduces the students to the main methods of molecular anthropology in reconstructing the global history of human kind and local histories of language contact and shift. Some of the above aspects of the study of language are highly relevant for field research, on the theoretical level, to understand and document worldwide variation of linguistic functions and often, and on the practical level, to conduct linguistic research and carry out analysis of naturalistic discourse. It is not coincidental that the main provider of shareware software for field linguists, Summer Institute of Linguistics (www.sil.org) has recently included, in its range of products, a special utility to document kin systems and lineages.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to introduce the students to the parameters of variation of linguistic categorization
  • to introduce the students to cross-cultural variation in speech practices and to the role of the language in traditional culture
  • to introduce the students to the methods of study of this variation, including in field conditions
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • masters the theoretical fundaments and practical methodological skills related to this domain
  • understands principles and approaches the cross-linguistic investigation of the culturally relevant aspects of language and linguistically relevant aspects of culture
  • understands the ways in which human language reflects and affects cultural practices
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Linguistic categorization
  • Practices of naming
  • Indexicality
  • Language and symbolic domination
  • Textual genres
  • Language contact and multilingualism
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Эссе по первой половине курса
    Эссе пишется на английском языке, включает в себя письменный ответ (800–1000 слов каждые) на любые три из пяти дискуссионных вопросов по первой половине курса.
  • non-blocking Эссе по второй половине курса
    Эссе пишется на английском языке, включает в себя письменный ответ (800–1000 слов каждые) на любые три из пяти дискуссионных вопросов по второй половине курса.
  • non-blocking Активность на семинарах
    Оценивается участие в дискуссиях на семинарских занятиях и степень освоенности предлагаемых обязательных к чтению статей.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.2 * Активность на семинарах + 0.2 * Активность на семинарах + 0.3 * Эссе по второй половине курса + 0.3 * Эссе по первой половине курса
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology. (2014). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsnar&AN=edsnar.oai.repository.ubn.ru.nl.2066.132105

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Ahearn, L. M. (2017). Living Language : An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1367895