After School Program

Linguistic Anthropology - Exploratory Course

March 2, 2018 - April 20, 2018

A handwritten and colored map depicts the northwest coast of North America and the eastern coast of Siberia, as well as  the surrounding oceans.

A hand-drawn map of a suggested route for the Jesup North Pacific Expedition.

Image credit: AMNH Division of Anthropology


Does what we say reveal something beyond our words? Our ability to communicate emotions, ideas and needs is one of the characteristics that defines being human. However, language is not simply the way humans interact, it can also tell scientists how humans have changed over time. By exploring the way language transforms, impacts or is impacted by culture, scientists can learn about the complex role that language has played in our development as humans. In this course, you will examine how scientists use sound to track the evolution of language, languages in danger of disappearing, and the effect of rapid technological advancement on the future of communication. 

Meeting Times: Fridays 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/13, 4/20