J. Joseph Errington



Linguistic anthropology does not constitute an independent subfield in Yale's Department of Anthropology, and those interested in graduate work predominantly in that subfield are advised to seek out other programs. However, language-related courses like those listed below are offered on a regular basis for both graduate and undergraduate students who recognize the importance of language for anthropological fieldwork and ethnography.

2012-2013 Courses

ANTH 364/564a Language, Nation, and Globalization

A study of idologies and practices that lnk languages with nation-states, from the nineteenth century to the present. Ways in which the production of knowledge about language has influenced understandings of nationality, ethnicity, race, and citizenship.

ANTH 371/571b Modern Indonesia
Political and cultural dynamics in contemporary Indonesia explored from historical and anthropological perspectives. Major ethnic groups, key historical dynamics, political culture, and interaction between modernization and traditional lifeways. Issues of ethnicity, gender, religion, and economy in situations of rapid social change.

ANTH 413/513b Language, Culture, & Ideology
Review of influential anthropological theories of culture, with reference to theories of language that inspired or informed them. Topics include American and European structuralism; cognitivist and interpretivist approaches to cultural description; and the work of Bakhtin, Bourdieu, and various critical theorists

ANTH 461/631a The Ethnography of Speaking
The social use of language; how language use both reflects and is productive of social relations. Focus on the interrelationships between verbal form, social function, and cultural meaning in varying modalities of spoken communicative interaction.


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