Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

10.12.2019 at 09:00 - 15.1.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Wed 15.1.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 17.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 22.1.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 24.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 29.1.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 31.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 5.2.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 7.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 12.2.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 14.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 19.2.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 21.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 26.2.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 28.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45


The course belongs to MA Programme Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age, to the module Studies in General Linguistics (LDA-G3100).

This is an elective course.

The course is available to students from other study tracks and other degree programmes.


LDA-G3106 Sociolinguistics, LDA-G3113 Language and gender.

Upon completing the course the students:

  • are familiar with the main principles, theoretical approaches and research topics in anthropological linguistics
  • have knowledge of methods used in anthropological linguistics
  • are able to analyse various kinds of social, cultural and linguistic practices
  • are able to apply the skills and knowledge to the analysis of (socio)linguistic data.

First or second year of Master studies. The course is offered at least every other year, usually in the spring term.

The course deals with theoretical and methodological issues in the study of the relations between language, cultural norms and social interaction. The focus is on the ethnographically grounded approach to the study of language. The course covers in particular such topics as:

  • Language, culture and cognition
  • Communities of language users
  • Language acquisition and socialization
  • Multilingualism and globalization
  • Performance and performativity
  • Language, gender, race and ethnicity
  • Language death and revitalization
  • Language, power and agency

There are several good introductory textbooks and anthologies, such as:

  • Foley, William A. 1997. Anthropological Linguistics: An Introduction. Malden, MA, and Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Ahearn, Laura M. 2017. Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology. 2nd edition. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Duranti, Alessandro. 1997. Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Duranti, Alessandro. ed. 2001. Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader. Malden, MA, and Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Duranti, Alessandro. ed. 2005. A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology. Malden, MA, and Oxford: Blackwell.

Depending on the focus of the teaching event, teachers will choose different or additional material.

Student activities include:

  • Participation in lecture sessions
  • Reading and discussing of seminal literature
  • Presentation on a particular topic during the course (in groups)
  • Possible assignments

The course achievements will be graded on the basis of class activity, presentation, possible assignments and final exam. The grading scale is 0-5.

The course is completed by attending a lecture course in the field of anthropological linguistics. If no teaching event is available, it can be completed through supervised self-study of relevant literature.