Anthropology (ANTH) 354

Language and Culture (Revision 6)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. ANTH 275 is recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Téluq equivalency: LIN 1001

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ANTH 354 introduces students to linguistic anthropology, one of four subfields of anthropology. (The other three subfields are cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology.) Culture cannot be studied without language but linguistic anthropology provides much more to anthropology than the means to study culture. It covers the entire scope of humans and languages, from the biological basis of language to the role of language in culture, and describes the major techniques and methods used by linguistic anthropologists to study languages in cultures all over the world.


ANTH 354 consists of the following eleven units:

  • Unit 1: The Study of Language and the Nature and Origins of Human Languages
  • Unit 2: Phonology 1: The Production of Speech Sounds
  • Unit 3: Phonology 2: Sound Patterns and Phonological Environments
  • Unit 4: Morphology and Writing Systems
  • Unit 5: Language Change, History, and Classification
  • Unit 6: Syntax: The Sentence Patterns of Language
  • Unit 7: Language Acquisition
  • Unit 8: Semantics
  • Unit 9: Ethnolinguistics
  • Unit 10: Sociolinguistics: Language and Society
  • Unit 11: Conversation Analysis


To receive credit for ANTH 354, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on the three essay assignments, as well as an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) for the entire course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Quiz 1 Quiz 2 Chapter Excercises Assign1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Total
7.5% 7.5% 10% 25% 25% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Hickerson, Nancy Parrott 2010  Linguistic Anthropology. Custom edition. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt College Publishers.

Rowe, Bruce M., and Diane P. Levine 2012  A Concise Introduction to Linguistics. 3rd  edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a course manual and a study guide.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 6, June 13, 2016.

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