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Diego de Acosta
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||This two-quarter program explores the fascinating world of languages. What do you know when you know a language? How do you get that knowledge? Are there properties that all languages share? How do languages change over time? Why are half of the world's languages now under threat of extinction? How are communities held together or torn apart by the languages they speak?We will consider these questions and others through the lens of linguistics. Topics to be examined for fall include phonetics, phonology, morphology, language change, the history of English and English dialects, key issues facing multilingual communities, and language planning. In winter, topics will include syntax, semantics, pragmatics, first language acquisition, language and gender and linguistic politeness. We will look at well-known languages and lesser-known languages and discover why they matter in our lives today. Throughout the program, students will learn a variety of conceptual and empirical techniques, from analyzing speech sounds to interpreting the rationale behind current language policy.This program will be an intensive examination of topics requiring a significant amount of reading as well as regular problem sets and essays.||Diego de Acosta||Tue Thu Fri||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall Winter|
Ulrike Krotscheck, Diego de Acosta and Eric Stein
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||S 16Spring||To what extent does language have the power to shape the way we think and define ourselves? How can language be used to project power or authority? What are the possibilities and limitations of the spoken word, as opposed to the written word? How do differences in language and speech encode class, race, gender, or other social hierarchies? Who, or what, controls language?This program will explore these questions and others through the lenses of linguistics, anthropology, history, folklore, and classics. We will consider how Aristotle’s classical rhetoric gets taken up in the art of contemporary trial lawyers in the United States. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, we will explore how medical discourses have structured sexual identities and pathologies. We will see how folk heroes have been immortalized in legends, songs, and community performances of resistance to colonial subjugation. We will build foundations in several disciplines: in linguistics, by considering dialects, standard languages, and language policy; in anthropology, through critical studies of cultural representation, ethnography, and power; and in classics, through examination of the origins of rhetorical theory and practice.Our sources will include novels, articles, scholarly texts, classical literature, and films. Students can expect to learn the ways that words create and maintain world views and ideologies, from the vast workings of totalitarian regimes to the everyday interactions with those around us.Assignments will include weekly analytical responses to program material, and one individual, empirically-based research project on a topic related to anthropology, linguistics, or classics. This program will be an intensive examination of these topics. Students should expect to spend 40 hours per week on this program. Successful students in this program will emerge having gained an introduction to linguistics, cultural anthropology, history, classics and rhetoric.||Ulrike Krotscheck Diego de Acosta Eric Stein||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|