University of Toronto

Culture and Communication:  Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

Culture and Communication: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

This yearlong course sequence provides an introduction to the study of how language and culture are intertwined in everyday practice. We will take an anthropological approach to language, that is, we will study language as that common human condition which is also a fundamental mode of difference and diversity across cultures and communities. The first semester of the course is designed to give students a basic grounding in anthropological linguistics and an outline of the major methodologies that have been developed to study the ways in which language, culture, and society are intertwined.