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Linguistics in a Colonial World: A Story of Language, Meaning, and Power Professor Errington is interested in the linguistic dimensions of social life, ranging from the social implications of patterns of verbal communication, to forms and uses of sociolinguistic hierarchies, to the linguistic effects of large scale dynamics. His research and writing have focused on linguistic dimensions of modernization and identity in Java and Indonesia, reflecting his broader interests in semiotics and the politics of language. We talk with Professor Errington about his book, Linguistics in a Colonial World: A Story of Language, Meaning, and Power.

Environmental Communication

The natural environment exists independently of how we think and talk about it, but we can only know it in human terms through our discourse about it. Our understanding of the environment is unavoidably constructed through the symbols we use to depict it in public discourse. Through scientific studies, media coverage, government hearings and other forums, we define the environment and our relation to nature through speech, writing, and images. And the ways in which we depict nature have profound consequences for what we do to it, through individual acts of consumption or conservation, and social acts of policy making, pollution, and protest. Given the power of our symbol making for the fate of life on the earth, students of the environment can benefit from understanding the tools and theories of public communication. Because all life, including ours, depends on the health of natural systems, students of communication must pay…

Cross Cultural Communications

This course is concerned with cultural diversity and with understanding and identifying the problems that can occur when persons from different cultures engage in face-to- face communication. In our study of cross-cultural communication, we will include both international and domestic cultures. International cultures are primarily non-Western cultures, such as those cultures that exist in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Domestic co-cultures include African-American, Hispanic, Hmong, and Native American, among others. This course will satisfy the Wisconsin DPI requirement in human relations for teachers, as well as the UWW diversity requirement. In addition, students in the Organizational Communication emphasis may submit the paper written in this class for possible completion of the writing requirement. Dr. Ray Baus University of Wisconsin-Whitewater View Syllabus