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Language, Culture, and Society
Key Topics in Linguistic Anthropology


Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language

Christine Joudan, Kevin Tuite, Charles Taylor, John Leavitt, Regna Darnell, Penelope Brown, Paul Kay, Monica Heller, Elinor Ochs, Bambi Schieffelin, Elizabeth Povinelli, Paul Friedrich
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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521614740


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  • Language, our primary tool of thought and perception, is at the heart of who we are as individuals. Languages are constantly changing, sometimes into entirely new varieties of speech, leading to subtle differences in how we present ourselves to others. This revealing account brings together eleven leading specialists from the fields of linguistics, anthropology, philosophy and psychology, to explore the fascinating relationship between language, culture, and social interaction. A range of major questions are discussed: How does language influence our perception of the world? How do new languages emerge? How do children learn to use language appropriately? What factors determine language choice in bi- and multilingual communities? How far does language contribute to the formation of our personalities? And finally, in what ways does language make us human? Language, Culture and Society will be essential reading for all those interested in language and its crucial role in our social lives.

    • Authors of each chapter are the leading specialists in their field
    • Each chapter gives a fair and unbiased coverage of the issues
    • Raises innovative questions concerning linguistic anthropology
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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521614740
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Walking through walls Christine Jourdan and Kevin Tuite
    1. An issue about language Charles Taylor
    2. Linguistic relativities John Leavitt
    3. Benjamin Lee Whorf and the boasian foundations of contemporary ethnolinguistics Regna Darnell
    4. Cognitive anthropology Penelope Brown
    5. Methodological issues in cross-language colour naming Paul Kay
    6. Pidgins and creoles genesis: an anthropological offering Christine Jourdan
    7. Bilingualism Monica Heller
    8. The impact of language socialization on grammatical development Elinor Ochs and Bambi Schieffelin
    9. Intimate grammars: anthropological and psychoanalytic accounts of language, gender, and desire Elizabeth Povinelli
    10. Maximizing ethnopoetics: toward the fine-tuning (anthropological) experience Paul Friedrich
    11. Of phonemes, fossils and webs of meaning: the interpretation of language variation and change Kevin Tuite.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Anthropological Linguistics
    • Language Variation
    • Language in Culture & Society
    • Linguistic Anthropology
    • Religion and Culture
  • Editors

    Christine Jourdan, Concordia University, Montréal
    Christine Jourdan is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University.

    Kevin Tuite, Université de Montréal
    Kevin Tuite is Professuer titulaire (full Professor) of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal.


    Christine Joudan, Kevin Tuite, Charles Taylor, John Leavitt, Regna Darnell, Penelope Brown, Paul Kay, Monica Heller, Elinor Ochs, Bambi Schieffelin, Elizabeth Povinelli, Paul Friedrich

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