The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology

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N. J. Enfield, Paul Kockelman, Jack Sidnell
Cambridge University Press, Sep 11, 2014 - Social Science - 763 pages
The field of linguistic anthropology looks at human uniqueness and diversity through the lens of language, our species' special combination of art and instinct. Human language both shapes, and is shaped by, our minds, societies, and cultural worlds. This state-of-the-field survey covers a wide range of topics, approaches and theories, such as the nature and function of language systems, the relationship between language and social interaction, and the place of language in the social life of communities. Promoting a broad vision of the subject, spanning a range of disciplines from linguistics to biology, from psychology to sociology and philosophy, this authoritative handbook is an essential reference guide for students and researchers working on language and culture across the social sciences.

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About the author (2014)

N. J. Enfield is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Sydney.

Paul Kockelman is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin.

Jack Sidnell is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

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