Date: Mon, 25 Sep 1995 09:51:46 -0600 From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" Subject: Re: Gen Ed Linguistics In message Mon, 25 Sep 1995 08:19:16 -0400, Wayne Glowka writes: > The assistant dean at UGA > explained that no one has ever tried to make linguistics count as a social > science because the course is taught by members of the English department. > Then it must depend on where the class instructor is headquartered. When I was at UGA and taught the "Study of Language" and "Languages of the World," a lot of my students were Social Science and Education majors, often more of them than Language majors. I was in the Department of Anthropology and reviewed for promotion and tenure through the Social Sciences. I also taught "Language and culture," which appealed to social science majors. I had no more than two Language majors in several years of teaching this class. Here at Chicago there was, until last year, a course called Language, which was intended for non-linguists and designed with more emphasis (at least as I taught it) on aspects of language that would be appealing to non-linguists. I covered language and culture/society (including language and gender), language contact (including problems that dialectologists seldom discuss about development of American English--but you got to like heresies to do this!), child language, pragmatics, and a couple of other things. I found Wardaugh's INVESTIGATING LANGUAGE a useful starting point for discussions and assigned readings in Clark, Escholz, & Rosa's LANGUAGE, before referring students to some other more specialized sources for projects to work on. Sali. ********************************************************************** Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of Chicago 312-702-8531 Department of Linguistics FAX: 312-702-9861 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 **********************************************************************