Fall 2017 Courses
LING 640G: Language, Landscape, and Space
Wednesdays 3:00-5:30 pm
This course provides an introduction to the study of the complex inter-relationships between language, landscape, and space. We examine the way that spatial concepts--particularly those linked to the landscape--are encoded in grammar. Topics to be discussed include spatial cognition, frames of reference, spatial grammar, directional systems, wayfinding, and ethnophysiography. In addition, we will provide a hands-on introduction to tools for geolinguistic documentation, including GPS mapping, GIS software, and participating mapping. We will consider case studies from a diverse selection of languages in order to better understand the range of ways that landscape is encoded in human language. Wherever possible we will draw on related disciplines--including geography, philosophy, ecology, and anthropology--in order to move toward an ethnoscience of landscape which seeks to understand human conceptualization of land, water, and other physical aspects the natural environment. Students will complete a hands-on final project which applied some of the research methods discussed in the class. [Laulima | syllabus]
IS 750 Topics in Biocultural Diversity and Conservation
Mondays 3:00-5:30 pm
This seminar introduces students to the field of biocultural diversity, emphasizing trans-disciplinary approaches to understanding the interrelationships between culture, environment, and language. This course features lectures and discussions by key UH Mānoa faculty in anthropology, biology, botany, Hawaiian studies, natural resources, linguistics, literature, law, and more. The course is open to students in all disciplines and is designed to foster new research collaborations.
Note: This course will be coordinated by Dr. Alex Mawyer (Pacific Island Studies) in conjunction with the Biocultural Initiative of the Paciic. In additional to the guest lectures and discussions students will be actively engaged in preparations for the 7th International Converence on Environmental Futures. Stayed tuned for an updated syllabus. [Laulima| syllabus]