ANTH 139B — Language, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

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Explores the relationships between communication and community, and the ways language helps to shape social categories such as ethnic group, tribe, race, and nation. What role does language play in producing experiences of belonging and difference? A key component of this course will be exploring the relationship between language and culture. This course will consider a range of global cases, from large-scale projects like language standardization to smaller-scale community practices like code-switching, inflection, and slang to investigate the relationship between how we speak, who we are, and where we feel we belong. Usually offered every third year.