Language can be studied from several angles. The one that focuses on the relation between language, thought, and culture is known as anthropological linguistics (AL). This text constitutes a basic introduction to the subject matter and techniques of AL. Traditionally, anthropological linguists have aimed to document and study the languages of indigenous cultures, especially North American ones. Today, however, the purview of this exciting science has been extended considerably to encompass the study of language as a general cultural phenomenon, and to determine genealogical relations among languages, so as to recreate ancient cultures through them.
The overall objective of A Basic Course in Anthropological Linguistics is to show how the technical methodology of linguistic analysis can help students gain a deeper understanding of language as a strategy for classifying the world. The text's underlying premise is that the distinction between language and knowledge is hardly ever clear-cut. Indeed, the two enter into a constant synergy - a synergy that defines the human condition.
About the author
MARCEL DANESI teaches on the history of puzzles at Victoria College of the University of Toronto. Danesi has written puzzles for Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Star, and also maintains a blog on puzzles for Psychology Today. He has also published several best-selling puzzle books, such as The Total Brain Workout and The Complete Brain Workout.
Other titles by Marcel Danesi
The Ultimate Brain Health Puzzle Book for Adults, Vol. 2
Even More Crosswords, Sudoku, Cryptograms, Word Searches, Logic Grids, and Calcudoku Puzzles!
Master Your Mind
Critical-Thinking Exercises and Activities to Boost Brain Power and Think Smarter
The Quest for Meaning
A Guide to Semiotic Theory and Practice, Second Edition
The Total Brain Workout
450 Puzzles to Sharpen Your Mind, Improve Your Memory & Keep Your Brain Fit
Mathematics in Ten Great Ideas
The Art of the Lie
How the Manipulation of Language Affects Our Minds
The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time
A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay
From Flappers to Rappers
The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture
Murder in Plain English
From Manifestos to Memes--Looking at Murder through the Words of Killers
The Complete Brain Workout
500 New Puzzles to Exercise Your Brain and Maximize Your Memory