The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

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Cengage Learning, Sep 30, 2008 - Social Science - 400 pages
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Ottenheimer’s authoritative yet approachable introduction to the field’s methodology, skills, techniques, tools, and applications emphasizes the kinds of questions that anthropologists ask about language — and the kinds of questions that intrigue students. The text brings together the key areas of linguistic anthropology, addressing issues of power, race, gender, and class throughout. Further stressing the everyday relevance of the text material, Ottenheimer includes In the Field vignettes that draw you in to the chapter material via stories culled from her own and others’ experiences, as well as Doing Linguistic Anthropology and Cross- Language Miscommunication features that describe real-life applications of text concepts.
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An excellent book for initiates in the field of linguistic anthropology, having no background in the field. Recommended for introductory classes, with undergraduate students with no experience with basic concepts.
Advanced readers may find it simplified, but it is meant for introductory readers, who will find value, and will likely explore the topic after digesting the information.
 

Contents

Linguistic Anthropology
1
Language and Culture
17
The Sounds of Language
47
Words and Sentences
77
Language in Action
111
Nonverbal Communication
150
Writing and Literacy
179
How and When Is Language Possible?
228
Change and Choice
265
Doing Linguistic Anthropology
315
GLOSSARY
335
BIBLIOGRAPHY
352
INDEX
363
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