Department Chair:
Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Judi Davidson

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8970
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King Building 305
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1019

Office Hours: 730-400

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway's courses

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway's courses

204.  Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology - 3 Hours
This course is an introduction to the subfield of linguistic anthropology. Topics include surveys of theories of language and culture and theories of linguistic diversity (including contributions of such seminal figures as Boas, Sapir, and Whorf), ethnographic methods (including conceptions of speech communities, practices of observing, interviewing, and recording, and discussion of ethics), methods of transcription, and contemporary approaches to understanding language and meaning and language as social action.  Prerequisite:  One introductory course. The course is intended as a prerequisite for more advanced courses in Linguistic Anthropology and in related areas. No prior coursework in language and culture is required.  Enrollment Limit:  25

243.  Lanugage and the Body - 3 Hours
This course introduces students to anthropological perspectives on embodied communication, including natural and experimental studies of primate communication, and cross-cultural studies of body language, gesture, and sign languages in human societies. Our approach to these topics will draw on biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropological perspectives. Students will conduct research projects that they will present to the class in the form of a paper, a poster project, or a video project.  Prerequisite:  One introductory course (100 level) in Anthropology or the equivalent.  Enrollment Limit:  25

306.  Literacies in Social Context - 3 Hours
This class argues that literacies must be understood in the socio-cultural and historical contexts in which they are used, as we examine the ways in which they are linked to social relationships, technologies, talk, and actions. In particular, we will address questions of authority and dominance, through an exploration of the role of literacy, nationalism, and education in class stratification and the formation of gender, racial, and ethnic identities. We will also consider the significance of emerging and alternative literacies.  Enrollment Limit:  15