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Anthropological Linguistics


Admission requirements

No requirements.


The aim of the course is to explore the reflexive relation between cultural patterns, language use and linguistic structures and the relation between language and world view and language and cognition. Attention will be paid to the linguistic and cultural specific expressions in African communities of conceptual domains such as colour, space, and time. Other topics include: Ethno-psychology (body and mind, personhood, disease, illness and the cultural construction of the sensorium); Ethno-philosophy (indegenous knowledge systems, moral values and cultural keywords); Ethno-syntax (culture in grammar, for example the cultural motivations for nominal classisfication systems); Literacy practices and cultural change (modes of education).

Course objectives

To gain insight into the forms and uses of language from an ethnographic perspective.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • seminar

Assessment method

  • Weekly participation in close engagement with the weekly required readings through peer to peer discussion on Discussion Board.

  • A presentation in groups of two of a research article on one of the topics handled in class.

  • A take home exam based on the topics discussed in class


  • Discussion board 10%

  • Class presentation 20%

  • Take-home exam 70%


One can resit the Take home exam.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized

Reading list

Required readings for each week will be announced via Brightspace


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory


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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats

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