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Language Arts & Disciplines Sociolinguistics

A Basic Course in Anthopological Linguistics

by (author) Marcel Danesi

Publisher
Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2004
Category
Sociolinguistics, General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781551302522
    Publish Date
    Mar 2004
    List Price
    $34.95

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Description

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.

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