ANT381H5S Special Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology (SSc)

Language and Culture in Southeast Asia

This course will be offered in the Winter 2020 term.

This course will review the rich tradition of research in linguistic anthropology in Southeast Asia* while also drawing selectively on the equally rich tradition of research in socio-cultural anthropology. While the course will focus on the structures and uses of language, the discussion will be contextualized within a broader socio-historical and political frame that considers the long history of trade and migration that has shaped the region as well as the more recent legacies of colonialism, nationalism, socialism and post-socialist market reform. [24L]

Pre-requisites: ANT204H5 or ANT206H5

*Notes: The remarkably diverse region of Southeast Asia stretches from Myanmar and Vietnam in the north, through Malaysia all the way to East Timor in south and includes the islands that make up Indonesia and the Philippines. The more than a hundred mutually unintelligible languages spoken in this region belong to five different language families: Mon-Khmer, Tibeto-Burman, Tai-Kadai, Hmong-Mien and Austronesian.