Linguistic Anthropology

Linguistic anthropology is the subfield of cultural anthropology that examines the history, evolution, and internal structure of human languages, and the dynamics of language use in sociocultural context.

Linguistics is the dynamic study of language. Where did our modern languages come from? How and why do languages change over time? How does a person’s language or dialect relate to their culture? What happens when multiple languages meet? How can understanding language differences help one to operate more successfully in a very global society? How will online abbreviations or text-messaging influence our language and communication over time? These questions, and many others, all fall within the field of linguistics.

To learn more about careers in these other areas of anthropology, check out the careers page. Consult with faculty on elective and minor courses and experiences to help prepare.

Courses in Linguistic Anthropology

  • ANTH 102: Introduction to the Anthropology of Language
  • ANTH 329: Special Topics in Social Anthropology (when a linguistics topic)
  • ANTH 340: Language & Culture
  • ANTH 341: Anthropological Linguistics
  • ANTH 680: Graduate Seminar (when a linguistics topic)
  • Course Descriptions

Ethnographic Research

In the Anthropology Department at Humboldt, students critically engage ethnographic representations, design cultural studies, collect ethnographic data, delve into vital real-world cultural issues, and have the opportunity to make international experience an integral part of the degree through international exchange and independent study across the globe.