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Linguistic anthropology

Author: Alessandro Duranti
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge textbooks in linguistics.
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In this innovative textbook, Alessandro Duranti introduces linguistic anthropology as an interdisciplinary field which studies language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice. The theories and methods of linguistic anthropology are introduced through a discussion of linguistic diversity, grammar in use, the role of speaking in social interaction, the organisation and meaning of conversational  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alessandro Duranti
ISBN: 0521445361 9780521445368 0521449936 9780521449939
OCLC Number: 35770895
Description: 398 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The scope of linguistic anthropology --
Definitions --
The study of linguistic practices --
Linguistic anthropology and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences --
Linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics --
Theoretical concerns in contemporary linguistic anthropology --
Performance --
Indexicality --
Participation --
Theories of culture --
Culture as distinct from nature --
Culture as knowledge --
Culture as socially distributed knowledge --
Culture as communication --
Levi-Strauss and the semiotic approach --
Clifford Geertz and the interpretive approach --
The indexicality approach and metapragmatics --
Metaphors as folk theories of the world --
Culture as a system of mediation --
Culture as a system of practices --
Culture as a system of participation --
Predicting and interpreting --
Linguistic diversity --
Language in culture: the Boasian tradition --
Franz Boas and the use of native languages --
Sapir and the search for languages' internal logic --
Benjamin Lee Whorf, worldviews, and cryptotypes --
Linguistic relativity --
Language as objectification of the world: from von Humboldt to Cassirer --
Language as a guide to the world: metaphors --
Color terms and linguistic relativity --
Language and science --
Language, languages, and linguistic varieties --
Linguistic repertoire --
Speech communities, heteroglossia, and language ideologies --
Speech community: from idealization to heteroglossia --
Multilingual speech communities --
Definitions of speech community --
Ethnographic methods --
Ethnography.
Series Title: Cambridge textbooks in linguistics.
Responsibility: Alessandro Duranti.
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In this innovative textbook, Alessandro Duranti introduces linguistic anthropology as an interdisciplinary field which studies language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice. The theories and methods of linguistic anthropology are introduced through a discussion of linguistic diversity, grammar in use, the role of speaking in social interaction, the organisation and meaning of conversational structures, and the notion of participation as a unit of analysis. An entire chapter is devoted to the notion of culture, and there are invaluable methodological chapters on ethnography and transcription. Original in its treatment and yet eminently clear and readable, Linguistic Anthropology will appeal to both upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

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