Aug 01, 2021
LING 2750 - Introduction to Language and Culture
This course examines cultural similarities and differences through the prism of language. Etymology and the mapping of world language families reveal how cultural practices are transmitted through language and how loan words reveal patterns of world trade, migration, and colonialism. Differing semantic classification systems of kinship, food, emotions, etc., and varying conceptual metaphors of space and time show how cultures map the same real world experiences differently. Cultures also vary in terms of speech acts - greetings, apologies, compliments, etc., and how they mark social relationships through address terms - honorifics, pronouns, and nicknames, etc. Ultimately, this course seeks to illuminate the complex inter-relationship of individual, linguistic and cultural identity.
Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able explain how etymology helps us understand world language families and how cultural practices are transmitted through language.
- Students will be able to analyze how conceptual metaphors vary from language to language and what that tells us about the underlying culture.
- Students will be able to analyze how different languages influence the way we perceive and act in the world with respect to color, smell, and taste words together with spatial metaphors of time.
- Students will be able to describe how cultures differ in terms of how they mark social relationships through the use of address terms such as honorifics, pronouns, and nicknames.
- Students will be able to describe how cultures have developed different semantic classification systems (for example, the classification of food) for the same real world objects.
- Students will be able to describe how etymology especially the derivation of many food words illuminates the socio-economic and historical impact on cultures of patterns of world trade, migration, and colonialism.
- Students will be able to describe the much larger role played by non-arbitrary language in the form of ideophones in non-Indo-European languages.
- Students will be able to discuss how the language used to express everyday speech acts such as greetings, refusals, and offers of food, vary from culture to culture and reveal different cultural norms of behavior.
- Students will be able to identify code switching and language crossing as manifestations of the inter-relationship of individual, linguistic and cultural identity.
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