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Anthropological Linguistics

Anthropological Linguistics - 97 edition

Anthropological Linguistics - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780631151227

ISBN10: 0631151222

Anthropological Linguistics by William A. Foley - ISBN 9780631151227
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
International: No
Anthropological Linguistics by William A. Foley - ISBN 9780631151227

ISBN13: 9780631151227

ISBN10: 0631151222

Edition: 97

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This is a textbook for courses in language and culture for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students. It starts from a theoretical viewpoint of both language and culture as conventionalized forms of situated practice and uses this as a unifying framework to cover the full range of topics normally treated under the rubric of language and culture.

An important orientating strand in the book is the tension between innatist or universalist versus relativist approaches to anthropological linguistic phenomena: various topics like kinship, color, classifiers or the effects of literacy are discussed from these contrasting viewpoints to provide a richer understanding of their implications. The book is organized so that in a modular way individual instructors may use or omit sections to fit into their overall teaching design.

Author Bio

Foley, William : The University of Sydney

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction:

1. Introduction.

Part II: The Evolution of Language:

2. The Evolution of Language.

Part III: Universalism: Innate Constraints of Mind:

3. Mind, Universals and the Sensible World.
4. Structuralism.
5. Cognitive Anthropology.
6. Kinship.
7. Color.

Part IV: Relativism: Cultural and Linguistic Constraints on Mind

8. On Relativist Understanding.
9. Models and Metaphors.
10. Linguistic Relativity and the Boasian Tradition.
11. Space.
12. Classifiers.

Part V: The Ethnography of Speaking

13. Speaking as a Culturally Constructed Act: A Few Examples.
14. Politeness, Face and the Linguistic Construction of Personhood.
15. Language and Gender.
16. Language and Social Position.
17. Language and Socialisation.
18. Genre: Poetics, Ritual Languages and Verbal Art.

Part VI: Culture and Language Change

19. Contact Induced Language Change.
20. Standard Language and Linguistic Engineering.
21. Literacy.