May 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

ANT 265 - Ethnography of Communication: Method and Theory

4 credits
This course explores human communication from an ethnographic perspective. It does so from a “discourse-centered” approach that conceptualizes language as meaningful social action situated in particular contexts used strategically by social actors. Building upon this framework, we will engage the ethnography of communication as both a particular theoretical orientation and a specific methodological approach to language use. Areas of emphasis include: relationships between linguistic forms and social functions, ethnography of speaking, communicative competence, multiple layering of context, performer/audience relationships, intentionality, and ideology.

Prerequisite: ANT 104  or LIN 114 .
Note: Plus-2 option available. Not offered every year.
Instructor: French