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Unformatted text preview: Ant 110 Winter 2009 Instructor: Alison Rukeyser TA: Juliet Braslow email: firstname.lastname@example.org email: email@example.com Office: 161 Kerr Office: Young 2T Office Hours: T 3-5 Office Hours: TBA Course Outline: This course has two goals. The first is an examination of the role of language in the shaping of modern Anthropology. We will commence the class with influential readings on such topics as Structuralism, linguistic relativity and performance. The second focus of the class will be on how social actors use oral performance to maintain, reinforce and manipulate social hierarchies. We will be looking closely at language use in two Pacific cultures as presented in Kulick's Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction which discusses a small community in Papua New Guinea and Duranti's From Grammar to Politics , a study in Western Samoan oratory. Additional readings on a number of topics developed in these books will provide background on key concepts in linguistic anthropology, including literacy, language socialization...
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