Linguistic anthropology focuses on interrelations between language and culture. The broad focus is on the process through which cultural meanings emerge in contexts of social interaction. More specifically, linguistic anthropology explores the ways in which language presupposes or creates cultural values that inform the meaning of social interactions across both everyday and ritual contexts. This basic process is explored from various perspectives including, to name but a few, those that focus on identity, gender, class and, more generally, discourse. Cutting across these, there is attention to the role that ideology plays in human cultural life. At Binghamton University, the general methodological approach taken is a semiotic one. This approach is in line with the new foci established by the sociocultural faculty. As such, it is one that can be found in other courses offered by the faculty.
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