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Berlin, Brent

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Works: 53 works in 185 publications in 4 languages and 4,087 library holdings
Genres: Cross-cultural studies  Terminology  Dictionaries  Classification 
Roles: Author
Classifications: P341, 412
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Most widely held works about Brent Berlin
 
Most widely held works by Brent Berlin
Basic color terms; their universality and evolution by Brent Berlin( Book )

40 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The work reported in this monograph was begun in the winter of 1967 in a graduate seminar at Berkeley. Many of the basic data were gathered by members of the seminar and the theoretical framework presented here was initially developed in the context of the seminar discussions. Much has been discovered since 1969, the date of original publication, regarding the psychophysical and neurophysical determinants of universal, cross-linguistic constraints on the shape of basic color lexicons, and something, albeit less, can now also be said with some confidence regarding the constraining effects of these language-independent processes of color perception and conceptualization on the direction of evolution of basic color term lexicons." http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/cam029/99012619.html
Ethnobiological classification : principles of categorization of plants and animals in traditional societies by Brent Berlin( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A founder of and leading thinker in the field of modern ethnobiology looks at the widespread regularities in the classification and naming of plants and animals among peoples of traditional, nonliterate societies - regularities that persist across local environments, cultures, societies, and languages. Brent Berlin maintains that these patterns can best be explained by the similarity of human beings' largely unconscious appreciation of the natural affinities among groupings of plants and animals: people recognize and name a grouping of organisms quite independently of its actual or potential usefulness or symbolic significance in human society. Berlin's claims challenge those anthropologists who see reality as a "set of culturally constructed, often unique and idiosyncratic images, little constrained by the parameters of an outside world." Part One of this wide-ranging work focuses primarily on the structure of ethnobiological classification inferred from an analysis of descriptions of individual systems. Part Two focuses on the underlying processes involved in the functioning and evolution of ethnobiological systems in general
Principles of Tzeltal plant classification : an introduction to the botanical ethnography of a Mayan-speaking people of highland Chiapas by Brent Berlin( Book )

15 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tzeltal numeral classifiers. A study in ethnographic semantics by Brent Berlin( Book )

17 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medical ethnobiology of the Highland Maya of Chiapas, Mexico : the gastrointestinal diseases by Elois Ann Berlin( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whereas most previous work on Maya healing has focused on ritual and symbolism, this book presents evidence that confirms the scientific foundations of traditional Maya medicine. Data drawn from analysis of the medical practices of two Mayan-speaking peoples, the Tzeltal and Tzotzil, reveal that they have developed a large number of herbal remedies based on a highly sophisticated understanding of the physiology and symptomatology of common diseases and on an in-depth knowledge of medicinal plants. Here Elois Ann Berlin and Brent Berlin, along with their many collaborators, provide detailed in
La herbolaria médica tzeltal-tzotzil en los altos de Chiapas : un ensayo preliminar sobre las cincuenta especies botánicas de uso más frecunte( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in Spanish and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enciclopedia etnomédica maya = Mayan ethnomedical encyclopedia by Elois Ann Berlin( )

3 editions published in 1997 in Spanish and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains four sections: Ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, references, region (incl. map of Altos de Chiapas)
Speculations on the growth of ethnobotanical nomenclature by Brent Berlin( Book )

3 editions published between 1971 and 1988 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lexical retention and cultural significance in Tzeltal-Tzotzil comparative ethnobotany by Brent Berlin( Book )

6 editions published between 1969 and 1988 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attempts have been made by linguists and anthropologists to reconstruct aspects of culture history by using synchronically derived lexical data. Related to this concern with culture history is one which attempts to explore the diachronic processes of lexical change over time. As a result of a comparative survey of Tzeltal and Tzotzil ethnobotanical knowledge, this paper presents evidence which demonstrates a positive correlation between lexical retention of plant names and the cultural significance of plant segregates to which plant names refer. While the present study is restricted to the semantic domain of ethnobotany of two languages, it is suggested that the principles at work are general to the ethnobiological lexicon of all languages. (Author/CLK)
Diccionario tzeltal de Tenejapa, Chiapas by Brent Berlin( Book )

4 editions published between 1962 and 1977 in Spanish and Mayan languages and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A universalist-evolutionary approach in ethnographic semantics by Brent Berlin( Book )

5 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Criticism has been directed at a growing body of literature broadly referred to as ethnoscience, ethnosemantics, folk science, ethnographic semantics, and cognitive anthropology. Criticisms concern methodological and analytic aspects of ethnoscientific procedure, and the directions of ethnosemantic research from a theoretical point of view. The present paper seeks to answer these criticisms and to evaluate the theoretical strengths of ethnosemantics. The focus of ethnosemantic work shifted in the early and mid-sixties, partially as a reflection of renewed interest in theoretical linguistics in language universals, and largely due to the growing number of ethnographies being completed. A number of parallels were discovered in formal classificatory structures, the most striking ones being in the area of lexicon. Detailed descriptions of particular lexical domains led to general semantic structures ignored by the methods of traditional cultural anthropology. One example of empirical research suggestive of the universalist-evolutionary orientation in ethnographic semantics is described, namely Berlin and Kay's work on color classification. (Clk)
University and evolution of basic color terms by Brent Berlin( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bases empiricas de la cosmologia Aguaruna Jibaro, Amazonas, Peru by Brent Berlin( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kihon no shikisaigo : Fuhensei to shinka nitsuite by Brent Berlin( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La clasificación de los mamíferos de los Aguaruna, Amazonas, Perú by Brent Berlin( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in Spanish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethnobiology, subsistence, and nutrition in a tropical forest society : the Aguaruna Jivaro by Brent Berlin( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sketch of Totonac by Brent Berlin( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Ethnobiological classification : principles of categorization of plants and animals in traditional societies
Alternative Names
Brent Berlin American anthropologist

Brent Berlin Amerikaans antropoloog

Brent Berlin US-amerikanischer Anthropologe

Берлин, Брент

バーリン, B.

バーリン, ブレント

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Ethnobiological classification : principles of categorization of plants and animals in traditional societiesMedical ethnobiology of the Highland Maya of Chiapas, Mexico : the gastrointestinal diseases