AXL5302S Linguistic Anthropology

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Convener: Associate Professor A Deumert

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s programme.

Course outline:

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to linguistic anthropology, a discipline located at the intersection of cultural anthropology and linguistics.  Linguistic anthropologists seek to understand language as an integral part of culture.  This perspective makes it possible for linguistic anthropologists to use linguistic evidence and methods of linguistics to investigate the culture of a specific speech community and to bring cultural evidence and anthropological methods to bear on the study of language.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: Three separate assignments: A literature review (3000 words – 30%); a study of ethno-semantic organisation in a language which is not the student’s first language (3000 words – 30%); a research project (4000 words – 40%).