ANTH 252: Language and Culture


Guest Lecture Monday 27 November

Dr. Harvey Markowitz, Department of Religion, W&L. Topic TBA.

Assessment #3 Questions (Due Friday 14 December)

  1. Describe Searle's five categories of illocutionary (speech) acts, giving an example of each. What is awkward or even ungrammatical about a sentence like "I apologize I stepped on your toe", as opposed to "I apologize for stepping on your toe" or "I'm sorry I stepped on your toe"?

  2. Contrast Searle's "flat" five-way classification with the system described by Rosaldo for Ilongot speech acts. What example does Rosaldo give to illustrate her claim that the Ilongot do not think about all directives in the same way?

  3. In what two, quite different senses, does wisdom "sit in places", according to Basso's 1996 book chapter on Western Apache?

  4. Under what circumstances do Western Apache speakers "give up on words", according to Basso (1971)? How are these similar and different from the situations in which white Europeans and Americans keep silent?

  5. Contrast the attitude toward place in Western (European / Judeo-Christian) cosmology with the attitude toward place in Native American cosmology, as presented by Professor Markowitz. How does the Western Apache sense of place differ from the Tohono O'odham sense of place, according to the two categories described by Prof. Markowitz's colleague Vine Deloria?

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