| Tentative Schedule
||Weekly Class Notes
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||Final Project Ideas
||Final Project Directions
Course Description: This course examines the cultural and linguistic components of communication and explores the interplay between the two within the human behavioral process. Both historic and contemporary links between language and culture will be addressed within the context of American culture and cultures in other parts of the world.
Overall, the course provides an opportunity for students to analyze and understand the connection between culture and language from a scholarly perspective using the tools
of an anthropological linguist (or linguistic anthropologist, depending on your emphasis).
Salzmann, Zdenek. 1998. Language, Culture & Society: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, 2nd ed. Westview Press.
Farb, Peter. 1973. Word Play: What Happens When People Talk, 2nVintage Book Edition, March 1993.
* Other readings will be placed on reserve and otherwise made available.
· To gain an understanding the relationship between language and (cultural) context.
· To gain an understanding of the interplay between language structure and culture in communication and in the production of meaning and intention in human interaction.
· Mondays: lecture and discussion of assigned readings supplemented with related but independent content provided by the instructor.
· Tuesdays: video and/or group work related to the week’s topic followed by discussion of key points. Each student is expected to participate fully.
· Thursdays: first four weeks: Class fieldwork project – discussion and analysis; Second half of quarter: student project reports.
· Fridays: connection
of 1st period to week’s material, lecture and/or group work; also
a weekly Quiz.
There will be a mid-term exam during the fifth week. A final individual project, to be written in formal term-paper style using APA, will be due on the last week of course; oral reports on these projects will be given during the final weeks. The final exam will cover selected topics from the first half of the course but will focus on the material covered since the Mid-term. Late reports and papers will be penalized 5 points for each day they are late. Ordinarily exams cannot be made up if missed.
Course Requirements: Your final grade will be based primarily upon:
Thursday Quizzes (8) 19.5% 100 points
Mid-term Exam 19.5% 100 points
Project Reports 4.0% 25 points
Completed Projects (term paper) 14.0% 75 points
Final Exam 19.5 % 100 points
Group Work 4% 25 points
Attendance & Homework 19.5% 100 points
Total 100% 1000 points
Reading Overviews (Will be assigned when necessary as a homework grade.)
Each student will be assigned to give a reading overview (RO) at least once over the course of the quarter. ROs are essentially oral reports on the particular reading assignment that was assigned. ROs should be no shorter than 3 minutes but not longer than 10 minutes in duration, and cover the following:
a. a summary of the main points contained within the reading
b. one or two aspects of the reading you thought were most interesting.
c. one or two questions about linguistics, cultural anthropology, communication, your project, or anything else that the
reading raised that is relevant to this class and/or your life
· Be sure to cover a. through c above or risk penalizing your grade.
· Spend half of your OR on a.
· The instructor will try to provide feedback and a grade in writing by the following class.
Up to a total of 8 quizzes will be administered during then quarter on Thursdays during the second hour of class. The lowest quiz score will be dropped before the final tally. Only students with excused absences will be eligible to make quizzes up.
The mid-term exam will be given on the fifth week of the quarter. It will cover material from chapters 1 through 6 from the book, plus content from class lectures, activities, and videos as specified by the instructor.
A final ethnographic research paper requiring students to explore a topic of their choosing using a specified format and methods will be due on the final day of class. Topics and requirements will be discussed during first half of the quarter. This paper should be 6-8 pages in length, not including references and appendices. Each paper must be typed using a font no bigger than 12 points in size, preferably Times New Roman, and double-spaced. The paper is worth 75 points. (The accompanying Project Report is worth 25pts. for a total of 100pts.) No late papers will be accepted.
Before students begin their ethnographic research project, students will be required to submit a short proposal outlining your intended project, including subjects that you intend to study and methods you intend to employ (including any surveys). The details of what to write-up will be covered in class. The project proposal is due on Wednesday of the 6th week of class (in time for class on that Thursday).
Paper Proposal due: 5th week
Paper due: Week 10
Each student will be required to introduce their research project to the class in a short oral presentation. Some kind of visual is a “must.” Project Reports should be 7-10 minutes in duration, and cover the following:
a. an explanation of how/why you got interested in the project.
b. what it is specifically you are trying to discover or learn from conducting research and how (what methods you are using).
c. conclusions (or what you have found so far).
The final will be comprehensive. DATE: TBA
The exam is worth 200 points.
It is expected that the instructor be notified in case of absence, preferably in advance. University approved absences only will be tolerated, when accompanied by appropriate documentation. Don’t misunderstand. An excused absence doesn’t mean you get credit for not attending class. It only means you are eligible to take tests, submit homework, or otherwise make up what you missed on that day. See the OU Student Handbook for University-approved absences. Students who miss class are responsible for catching up on the material covered and homework given. After three unexcused absences, the final grade will be lowered by 5 points for each additional absence. Each day of attendance is worth 2 points, totaling 80pts.
Homework will be assigned and collected periodically throughout the quarter. Homework must be turned in on the assigned day at the beginning of class. No late assignments will be accepted for credit. In-class work may also be assigned and collected. If you are absent from class on this day without prior notification, you will receive no credit for the assignment. There will be no make up work for homework credit. Homework, to be assigned as relevant or necessary is worth a total of 20pts
Of course, plagiarism, cheating or any other form of academic misconduct will be treated seriously, and will result in a grade of zero for that assignment. The case may further be forwarded to the University judiciaries and may result in failure in the course or dismissal from the university. See the OU Student Handbook for more details.