ANTH 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Cognitive Linguistics, American Anthropological Association, Linguistic Relativity

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School
Department
Course
Language, Culture, and Cognition
Anthropology 417
Term 2
2014-2015
TTH 12:30-2:00
Buchanan D316
Office Hours:
2:00-3:00 TTH or by appointment
Prof. Bill McKellin
ANSO 3123
822-2756
mcke@.mail.ubc.ca
Language, culture and cognition are inextricably intertwined. Their relationships have played
important roles in our understanding of thought, cultural and ethnic differences, and social
control. The course will trace three themes: language and cultural systems of categorization,
forms of mental and cultural representations, metaphors and public discourse, and the roles of
media in cognition and culture. We will begin with an examination of the debates about cultural
and linguistic relativity, and then investigate issues of cultural classification. We will conclude
with current developments in cognitive linguistics and theories of cultural models, metaphor and
discourse.
Texts:
D'Andrade, R. 1995. The Development of Cognitive Anthropology. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
Kövecses, Zoltán 2006. Language, Mind, and Culture: A Practical Introduction. Oxford:
Oxford University Press
Quinn, Naomi 2005. Finding Culture in Talk : A Collection of Methods. New York:
Palgrave Macmillan.
All assignments must be submitted on line through Connect by 11:59 pm on the due date. I
will not accept assignments by email. Two points per day will be deducted from the
assignment grade for each day beyond the deadline. Extensions are granted only in
exceptional circumstances. Papers more than a week late will not be accepted without an
appropriate medical excuse or memo from Arts Advising. If there is a health or family
situation or medical condition that may affect your performance or ability to meet a deadline,
please let me know in advance or as soon as possible.
All assignments should be printed in 12 pt. font, double-spaced on one side of the paper with 1
inch margins. You are responsible for providing correct citations for sources in conformity with
the UBC policies on academic discipline. I reserve the right to submit papers to turnitin.com.
Follow the style guide of the American Anthropological Association journals
http://www.aaanet.org/pubs/style_guide.htm
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D'Andrade, R.
1987 A Folk Model of the Mind. In Cultural Models in Language and Thought. D. Holland
and N. Quinn, eds. Pp. 112-148. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Garro, Linda C.
2000 Remembering What One Knows and the Construction of the Past: A Comparison of
Cultural Consensus Theory and Cultural Schema Theory. Ethos 28(3):275-319.
Quinn, Naomi
2005 Finding Culture in Talk : A Collection of Methods. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Assignments:
Class Presentation of Readings (10 slides)
Presented in pairs (Powerpoint slides should be sent to me by
9:00 am of the day of presentation)
TBA
10
Mid-term Review Exam
1 hour- you will be given a set of questions in advance
20
Classification Project
o As a group, interview individuals who are native speakers of
a language other than English to elicit terms for categorizing
elements in a domain (e.g. kin terms, colour, food, plants,
animals).
o Field work report (each individual submits their own report)
i) An brief annotation of the literature used to guide the
development of your classification project (4 sources)
ii) Explain the research question and thesis
iii) Describe the methods
iv) Presentation of your data in the target languages with
English glosses
v) Analysis applying techniques from our readings
vi) Insights into the general issues of classification and
classification of your domain
vii) Bibliography
o Assessment of contribution by group members (5)
Presentation
in class (20
minutes per
group) Feb
26-March 5th
Written
report due
March 10th
25
Term Paper
o Paper should make use of the issues discussed in 2 of the
course readings
o Format see guidelines Paper length max 18 pages.
o Marking based on:
Selection of topic and ability to contextualize it in
the anthropological and linguistic debates
Papers
receive by
April 2 will
be returned
with
comments
and authors
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Ability to identify and explain relevant
theoretical/ analytical concepts
Ability to apply analytical concepts to case
Use of data, clarity, and organization of argument
Insight
have one
week for
revision.
Final
deadline
April 9
Participation based on active engagement in class and
submission of questions on the readings on CONNECT (Due
each Thursday by 9:00 am.
10
Participation and Questions on Readings
Because it may be difficult to formulate questions about the readings during class, submit
two questions on the CONNECT discussion board about the week’s readings by Thursday
morning, 9:00. I will select some for discussion in class. Your submissions will form part of
my assessment of your participation.
Class Presentation of Readings:
Demonstrate your understanding of an author’s theoretical position and their presentation
and analysis of data to support their claims. Ten slides should be sent to me before class.
Your presentation should last 15 minutes.
Slides:
The author’s biography and intellectual context of the article / chapter (1 slide)
Main thesis / research question (1 slide)
Data (5-6 slides)
o Methods
o Summarize data and provide examples
Analysis 2 slides
o Analytical insights
o Conclusions
Evaluation (1 slide)
o How effectively did the author argue his/her position?
o Limitations or weaknesses
Two Discussion Questions
Bibliography
Mid-Term Exam
This in class exam will cover the readings and lectures. You will be provided in
advance with a set of questions, from which I will select a subset.
Classification Field Project
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Their relationships have played important roles in our understanding of thought, cultural and ethnic differences, and social control. The course will trace three themes: language and cultural systems of categorization, forms of mental and cultural representations, metaphors and public discourse, and the roles of media in cognition and culture. We will begin with an examination of the debates about cultural and linguistic relativity, and then investigate issues of cultural classification. We will conclude with current developments in cognitive linguistics and theories of cultural models, metaphor and discourse. Finding culture in talk : a collection of methods. All assignments must be submitted on line through connect by 11:59 pm on the due date. Two points per day will be deducted from the assignment grade for each day beyond the deadline. Papers more than a week late will not be accepted without an appropriate medical excuse or memo from arts advising.

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