NATIVEAM 310 - Native American Studies and the Social Sciences
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Unpacking Misconceptions and Stereotypes of Native Languages
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Native American Studies (NATIVEAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
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How have misconceptions about Native Americans affected language descriptions? How do Native American languages enrich our understanding of language? To address the former question, we examine several cases of supposed linguistic relativity involving Native American languages, including grammatical gender based on animacy rather than biological sex in Ojibwe, time in Hopi, and words for ‘snow’ in Yupik and Inuit. To address the latter question, we consider Ojibwe (Algonquian), the language of the Nishnaabeg, who are indigenous to the Great Lakes region. We examine several aspects of the language which differ from English and many Indo-European languages, including word-building processes (polysynthesis), free word order, and gender-neutral pronouns. This course fulfills both the Race & Ethnicity requirement and the Social Science requirement.

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This course is open to all, no linguistic background required.


NATIVEAM 310 - Native American Studies and the Social Sciences
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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