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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Сholera Riots in Staraia Russa in 1831. People and the Authorities: Actions, Motives, Concerns
In press

Belan M.

Slavonic and East European Review. 2024. Vol. 102. No. 2.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Linguistic Anthropology

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Compulsory course
5 year, 1, 2 module


Course Syllabus


Linguistic Anthropology is an area within social anthropology with a special focus on the connections between language and culture, cultural and social dimensions of language use. It readily adopts and adjusts to anthropological agenda methods from other disciplines that help to enhance our understanding of language and communication as social and cultural practice (such as conversation analysis or discourse analysis). This course is designed specifically for historians in their senior BA-years. It aims to introduce students to the main ideas and methods of linguistic anthropology and to give them tools from its store useful for their analysis of different written and oral historical sources. The course gives general overview of the main problems of Linguistic Anthropology, such as linguistic relativity, and the key notions and concepts of the discipline. Yet the main focus is on the particular ways of understanding oral and written interaction elaborated by linguistic anthropologists. Practical exercises should help students to master particular techniques of oral and written communication analysis.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To introduce students to the key concepts and notions of Linguistic Anthropology
  • To familiarize students with the Linguistic Anthropology approach to oral and written interaction
  • To teach students to apply some practical methods of oral and written communication analysis
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students are able to read and understand scholarly texts in Linguistic Anthropology
  • Students know the key notions and ideas of Linguistic Anthropology
  • Students are familiar with various methods of anthropological analysis of oral and written communication
  • Students are able to select and apply a method of anthropological analysis of oral and written communication suitable for their particular goals
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: What is linguistic anthropology?
  • Language and culture
  • Semiotics and the theory of sign
  • Speech situations and models
  • Performative
  • Language as social activity
  • Social rituals
  • Meaning in the context
  • Participation
  • Oral and written
  • Narrative analysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Language ideologies
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written assignment 1. Conversation analysis
    To be done in the week between modules, to be graded in the 2nd module. Take-home assignment: Please, take any piece of oral interaction 3 minute long, transcribe it in the Jefferson system and indicate as many features of oral communication as you can. Comment your findings in a small essay (1000 words): comment the turn-taking and anything else that caught your eye.
  • non-blocking Exam research essay
    Research essay written at home. Please, take any source, oral or written, and apply any of the methods and theories from the course to analyze it. You can use: discourse analysis, narrative analysis, semiotics of bureaucratic documents, theory of face and politeness, footing, dialogical approach, performative theory or semiotic ideology.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.7 * Exam research essay + 0.3 * Written assignment 1. Conversation analysis


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Ahearn, L. M. (2017). Living Language : An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1367895

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology. (2014). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsnar&AN=edsnar.oai.repository.ubn.ru.nl.2066.132105