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Language, Culture, and Mind
Natural Constructions and Social Kinds

Part of Language Culture and Cognition

  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521516396

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  • Based on fieldwork carried out in a Mayan village in Guatemala, this book examines local understandings of mind through the lens of language and culture. It focuses on a variety of grammatical structures and discursive practices through which mental states are encoded and social relations are expressed: inalienable possessions, such as body parts and kinship terms; interjections, such as 'ouch' and 'yuck'; complement-taking predicates, such as 'believe' and 'desire'; and grammatical categories such as mood, status and evidentiality. And, more generally, it develops a theoretical framework through which both community-specific and human-general features of mind may be contrasted and compared. It will be of interest to researchers and students working within the disciplines of anthropology, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy.

    • Based on almost two years of ethnographic and linguistic fieldwork in a Mayan village in Guatemala
    • Brings together insights from anthropology, linguistics and psychology
    • Raises timely questions about the nature of social cognition
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    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521516396
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Language, culture, mind: emblems of the status human
    2. Inalienable possessions: what hearts, mothers, and shadows have in common
    3. Interclausal relations: how to enclose a mind by disclosing a sign
    4. Myths about time and theories of mind: why the moon married the sun
    5. Other minds and possible worlds: when psychological depth is dialogical breadth
    6. Interjections: why the center of emotion is at the edge of language
    7. Conclusion: natural constructions and social kinds.

  • Author

    Paul Kockelman, Barnard College, Columbia University
    Paul Kockelman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University.

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