Language, Culture, and Society

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Mai 2006



This revealing account brings together twelve leading specialists from the fields of linguistics, anthropology, philosophy and psychology, to explore the fascinating relationship between language, culture, and social interaction. A range of major questions are discussed: How does language influence our perception of the world? How do new languages emerge? How do children learn to use language appropriately? What factors determine language choice in bi- and multilingual communities? How far does language contribute to the formation of our personalities? And finally, in what ways does language make us human?


Introduction: Walking through walls Christine Jourdan and Kevin Tuite; 1. An issue about language Charles Taylor; 2. Linguistic relativities John Leavitt; 3. Benjamin Lee Whorf and the boasian foundations of contemporary ethnolinguistics Regna Darnell; 4. Cognitive anthropology Penelope Brown; 5. Methodological issues in cross-language colour naming Paul Kay; 6. Pidgins and creoles genesis: an anthropological offering Christine Jourdan; 7. Bilingualism Monica Heller; 8. The impact of language socialization on grammatical development Elinor Ochs and Bambi Schieffelin; 9. Intimate grammars: anthropological and psychoanalytic accounts of language, gender, and desire Elizabeth Povinelli; 10. Maximizing ethnopoetics: toward the fine-tuning (anthropological) experience Paul Friedrich; 11. Of phonemes, fossils and webs of meaning: the interpretation of language variation and change Kevin Tuite.


Christine Jourdan is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University. Kevin Tuite is Professuer titulaire (full Professor) of Anthropology at the Universite de Montreal.


'... an enjoyable collection. ... an interesting and wide-ranging exploration of the ways in which linguists are expanding their horizons.' Language Policy
EAN: 9780521614740
ISBN: 0521614740
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2006
Format: kartoniert
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