This course provides an introduction to Linguistics Anthropology--the study of the role of languages in the activities that make up the social life of individuals and communities. Topics include: language, thought, and culture; the ethnography of speaking and speech communities; sociolinguistics; language and race, gender, sexuality, and nation; performance; discourse and power; and language and technology. Students are evaluated on the basis of two exams and several written assignments, including a close analysis of a transcription of naturally occurring discourse and a research paper. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructorGeneral Education: Society and Human Behavior