LIN 003: Language and Bodies

This course introduces you to some key concerns regarding our bodies and the role of language, in both their ‘normal’ functioning and in the world.


Vaidehi Ramanathan






Fall 2019


Language use is at once a body-related function (being unable to speak effectively or well as in cases of autism or dementia) and a medium by which we talk about bodies (using language when talking about a body condition like diabetes or mental illness). It is, thus, both a part of our bodies as well as a tool by which bodies get described and negotiated. Keeping this mind, the course seeks to offer a wide spectrum of issues regarding language and bodies, while also focusing on the following themes:  

  • Language, bodies and ‘normalcy;’
  • Language and autism;
  • Language learning and dyslexia;
  • Language and transgender issues;
  • Language and mental health;
  • Language and dementia;
  • Language and deaf studies;

Format:  2 hours lecture, 2 hours discussion with oral participation

Satisfies the oral component of the GE requirements