The Linguistics Program exposes students to the study of the structure and use of language, and urges students to find the ways in which structure and use are interrelated. Students can explore language structure and use with faculty in the program through experimental and ethnographic methods.
About the Minor
Language is often taken for granted in daily usage, but the minute one begins to consider how to acquire and use language, its complex properties become evident. Students of linguistics at Hamilton examine how we acquire and use language, with all its complex properties, as they investigate the characteristics of language and the mind, and language and society. Many find opportunities to spend a summer conducting research with a faculty member.
A Sampling of Courses
Communication and Culture
In this course, we will examine the role that communicative processes play in shaping common conceptions of the world and in facilitating forms of social organization through which people experience everyday life. This course offers an introduction to the foundational relationship between language and culture by examining anthropological approaches to the study of language. In this course, you will learn how language both reflects and creates thought, culture, and power relations. You will also learn how to apply the concepts we study to your own everyday experiences with language.
Explore these select courses:
What are the possibilities of action? Of recognition? This course explores the ways that anthropologists have drawn from the humanities and the social sciences to attempt to answer these questions. Particularly important is work by Peirce and Bakhtin. Neither of these scholars engaged in anthropological methods and, yet, anthropologists have found in their ideas much guidance for thinking about the circulation of culture and the possibilities and predicaments of participation. This course will engage with ethnographic applications.
Meet Our Faculty
Associate Professor of Japanese and Chair of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Director of Linguistics
syntax, semantics, language acquisition, pragmatic and Japanese linguistics
Chair, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Anthropology; Director of Education Studies
language and culture, particularly the ways in which institutions serve as loci for cultural production
Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of Anthropology Emerita (retired)
linguistic anthropology; social/cultural anthropology ethnographic focus; U.S. public discourses of diversity; higher education in U.S.; race, class and language ideology in U.S.; Puerto Rican bilingualism in New York