Welcome!

The University of Colorado Boulder is home to the Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP). This program provides an interdisciplinary forum on language and society for CU students and faculty. This is facilitated through regular colloquia on the subject of language and society, as well as a diverse curriculum of courses offered toward the CLASP Graduate Certificate.

The CLASP program seeks to bring cohesion to empirical and theoretical research currently conducted on the CU-Boulder campus in varied analytic traditions that focus on the study of culture, language, and social practice. These traditions include sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, literacy, bilingualism, second language acquisition, language endangerment and revitalization, narrative studies, symbolic interactionism, language variation and change, ethnography of speaking, and diverse forms of discourse analysis, such as conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, and multimodal discourse analysis.

The program currently has over twenty affiliated faculty members from a variety of schools and departments, among them Anthropology, Communication, Education, French and Italian, German and Slavic, Linguistics, Political Science, Spanish and Portuguese, Sociology, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Science.

The CLASP program is supported in part by the University of Colorado Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS).