Anthropological Linguistics: An Overview


Course Objective

Knowlegde of central notions and methods of anthropological linguistics.
Ability to observe and analyse linguistic phenomena from the perspective
of anthropological linguistics. Critical reflection on views regarding
the relationship between language and culture. The student is able to
report in a clear manner on results of his or her own anthropological
linguistic research. The student is able to interact critically with
literature in the field of anthropological linguistics.

Course Content

The following topics are discussed. Methods and basic notions of
anthropological linguistics, orality and literacy, kinship terminology,
counting and numeral systems, language and taboo, taxonomies and
partonomies, the linguistic construction of personhood, language and

Teaching Methods

Seminars, interactive lectures (2 hours a week).

Method of Assessment

Written exam on W.A. Foley. Anthropological Linguistics. An introduction
(Blackwell 1997) or a short essay on one of the topics discussed during
the course.


W.A. Foley. Anthropological Linguistics. An introduction (Blackwell,

Target Audience

Master's students in Linguistics (track Language Consultancy and
Linguistic Documentation), Research Master's students in Humanities
(track Linguistics), Research Master's students in Theology (track Bible
Translation); Master's and Research Master's students in Anthropology.

Recommended background knowledge

BA in Humanities, Linguistics or Social Sciences.

General Information

Course Code L_TAMATWS015
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. L.J. de Vries
Examiner prof. dr. L.J. de Vries
Teaching Staff prof. dr. L.J. de Vries

Practical Information

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