Anthropologycal linguistics

This course is part of the programme
Master in SL studies - Linguistics

Objectives and competences

The course's main focus are the basic concepts of the anthropological linguistics. By the end of the course the student will have command over the anthropological methods used in linguistics, and will be capable of conduction individual research using them and other research methods used in humanities.


In order to successfully participate in in-class discussions and to follow the lectures, the student should take the introductory linguistic courses. This course is related to other courses in the Communications curriculum.


The course will discuss the development of anthropological linguistics, its history, its basic concepts, and the main protagonists. It will discuss the relation between language and traditional culture, between language and the conceptualizations of reality, between discourse and culture, between lexicon and culture, various aspects of language ideology, language contact, etc.

Material discussed in lectures also forms the main part of recitations, where more time and care is devoted to the main issues. Emphasis is given to practical knowledge and actual analysis of language data.


  • Duranti, Alessandro (ur.) 2001, Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  • Duranti, Alessandro, Sociocultural Dimensions of Discourse, Handbook of Discourse Analysis 1, T. V. Dijk (ur.), London 1985, 193-230.
  • Hall, Kira and Bucholtz, Mary, (ur.) 1995, Gender Articulated: Language and the Socially Constructed Self. New York: Routledge.
  • Hill 1988: Jane H. Hill, Language, Culture, and World View, in Lingustics: The Cambridge Survey, No. IV: Language: The Socio-cultural Context, F. J. Newmeyer (ur.), Cambridge, 14-36.
  • N. Fairclough, Discourse and Social Change, Cambridge 1992.
  • N. I. Tolstoj 1995, Jezik slovenske kulture, Niš.
  • Slovenska mitologija, enciklopedijski rečnik, Beograd 2001.
  • Woolard, Kathryn 1998: Introduction: Language Ideology as a Field of Inquiry, Language Ideologies, Practice and Theory, Schieffelin, B. B., Woolard, K. A., Kroskrity, P. V. (ur.), New York - Oxford.
  • Irvine, J. T., Hill, J. H. 1993, Responsibility and Evidence in Oral Discourse, Cambridge.


Attending lectures, a term paper, oral examination, active participation in in-class discussions.