Language, Culture, and Society

Language, Culture, and Society : Key Topics in Linguistic Anthropology

Edited by Christine Jourdan , Edited by Kevin Tuite , Series edited by Judith T. Irvine , Series edited by Bambi B. Schieffelin , Series edited by Marjorie Harness Goodwin , Series edited by Joel C. Kuipers , Series edited by Don Kulick , Series edited by John Lucy , Series edited by Elinor Ochs , Series edited by Michael Silverstein


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Language, our primary tool of thought and perception, is at the heart of who we are as individuals. Languages are constantly changing, sometimes into entirely new varieties of speech, leading to subtle differences in how we present ourselves to others. This revealing account brings together eleven 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? Language, Culture and Society will be essential reading for all those interested in language and its crucial role in our social lives.

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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 154 x 224 x 18mm | 539.78g
  • 30 Jun 2006
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521614740
  • 9780521614740
  • 1,372,178

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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.

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'... an enjoyable collection. ... an interesting and wide-ranging exploration of the ways in which linguists are expanding their horizons.' Language Policy

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