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Mark Sicoli

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Anthropology
Office location and address
1702 University Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
ANTH 1010: Introduction to Anthropology
Credits: 3
This is a broad introductory course covering race, language, and culture, both as intellectual concepts and as political realities. Topics include race and culture as explanations of human affairs, the relationship of language to thought, cultural diversity and cultural relativity, and cultural approaches to current crises.
ANTH 2400: Language and Culture
Credits: 3
Introduces the interrelationships of linguistic, cultural, and social phenomena with emphasis on the importance of these interrelationships in interpreting human behavior. No prior knowledge of linguistics is required.
ANTH 2415: Language in Human Evolution
Credits: 3
Examines the evolution of our capacity for language along with the development of human ways of cooperating in engaged social interaction. Course integrates cognitive, cultural, social, and biological aspects of language in comparative perspective. How is the familiar shape of language today the result of evolutionary and developmental processes involving the form, function, meaning and use of signs and symbols in social ecologies?
ANTH 3450: Native American Languages
Credits: 3
Introduces the native languages of North America and the methods that linguists and anthropologists use to record and analyze them. Examines the use of grammars, texts and dictionaries of individual languages and affords insight into the diversity among the languages.
ANTH 4420: Theories of Language
Credits: 3
Survey of modern schools of linguistics, both American and European, discussing each approach in terms of historical and intellectual context, analytical goals, assumptions about the nature of language, and relation between theory and methodology.
ANTH 4993: Independent Study in Anthropology
Credits: 1–6
Independent study conducted by the student under the supervision of an instructor of his or her choice.
LING 4994: Linguistics Internship
Credits: 1–3
In this course students will work closely with a professor on an ongoing research project.
ANTH 5425: Language Contact
Credits: 3
Considers how languages change as part of social systems and affected by historical processes. We will contrast language change through internal processes of drift and regular sound change with contact-induced language change involving multilingualism and code switching, language shift and lexical borrowing, the emergence of pidgin, creole, and intertwined languages, language endangerment, and computational tools for historical linguistics.
ANTH 5475: Multimodal Interaction
Credits: 3
Students build knowledge and practice of analysis of peoples' joint-engagement in embodied interactions. How does action weave together multiple sensory modalities into semiotic webs linking interactions with more durative institutions of social life? Course includes workshops on video recording, and the transcription and coding of verbal and non-verbal actions. Prior coursework in Linguistics, Anthropology or instructor permission recommended.
ANTH 5541: Topics in Linguistics
Credits: 3
Topics to be announced prior to each semester, dealing with linguistics.
ANTH 7420: Theories of Language
Credits: 3
Survey of modern schools of linguistics, both American and European, discussing each approach in terms of historical and intellectual context, analytical goals, assumptions about the nature of language, and relation between theory and methodology.
ANTH 7450: Native American Languages
Credits: 3
Surveys the classification and typological characteristics of Native American languages and the history of their study, with intensive work on one language by each student. Some linguistics background is helpful.
ANTH 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
LING 8999: MA Thesis Research
Credits: 3
For Master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
ANTH 9010: Directed Readings
Credits: 1–12
Directed Readings
ANTH 9020: Directed Readings
Credits: 1–12
Directed Readings