Politics, Identity, and Resistance - What's in a Word?

CLLC-L 120 / CLASS 41936 — Fall 2021

Foster-Martin 012A
Days and Times
Tu/Th 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Students learn about the many facets of words through a task-based curriculum where they actively discover applications and principles both in and outside of class. The course effectively introduces linguistics and its various subfields, although there is also some emphasis on creativity through poetry, memes, and constructing new languages. Each week has a different focus, which will vary from understanding how words are and how they function in the world’s languages, covering areas of phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, native and non-native acquisition, and language attrition. Other themes are creating words and creating with words: word games, writing, etymology, names for people and places (onomastics), slang, and constructed languages. Additionally, we will cover ways words can hurt us and real-life examples of the areas we’ve studied: insults, taboo words, curses, crimes involving words like libel and slander, linguistic features that help identify criminals, and negative views of dialects and accents.

Instructor: Jeanne McGill

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)