Language, Culture and Communication

Language, Culture and Communication

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Using data from cultures and languages throughout the world to highlight both similarities and differences in human languages, Language, Culture and Communication explores the many interconnections among language, culture, and communicative meaning. It examines the multi-faceted meanings and uses of language and emphasizes the ways that language encapsulates speakers' meanings and intentions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 175.26 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Pearson
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 6th edition
  • black & white tables, maps, figures
  • 0205832091
  • 9780205832095
  • 2,278,407

Table of contents

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: The Form of the Message





Manual Language

Nonverbal Communication

Chapter Three: Language and Cultural Meaning

Foundations of Linguistic Anthropology

Lexical and Cultural Categories

Cultural Presupposition

The Cultural Meaning of L I anguage Ideologies

Extended and Transferred Meaning

Chapter Four: Contextual Components: Outline of an Ethnography of Communication

Ethnography of Communication



Topics and Goals

Speech Acts



Chapter Five: Communicative Interactions

Structural Properties of Conversation

Conversational Postulates


Telephone Conversation

Online Communication

Sign Language Communication


Chapter Six: Learning Language

Acquisition of Language

Complex Grammars

Comparative Evidence

Some Universal Sequences

Instructional Strategies

Chapter Seven: The Acquisition of Communicate Competence

Acquiring Communicative Styles

Learning Status and Role

Learning Discourse

Chapter Eight: Societal Segmentation and Linguistic Variation: Class and Race

Social Stratification

Stratification and Language Ideologies




Chapter Nine: Language and Gender


Grammatical Variants

Choices of Vocabulary

Conversational Styles

Images of Gender in Linguistic Form

Chapter Ten: Multilingual Nations

Language Ideologies in Multilingual Nations



The United States

Chapter Eleven: Bilingual Communities

Linguistic Change

Language Use in Bilingual Communities

Bilingual Conversational Strategies

Interethnic Miscommunication

Chapter Twelve: Language and Institutional Encounters

Language Ideologies in Institutional Contexts

Language and Status

Institutional Contexts


Medical Encounters

Legal Settings

The Media
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About Nancy Bonvillain

Nancy Bonvillain is a professor of anthropology and linguistics at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She is author of over twenty books on language, culture, and gender, including a series on Native American peoples. In her field work she studied the Mohawk and Navajo, and she has published a grammar and dictionary of the Akwesasne dialect of Mohawk. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 1972 and has taught at Columbia University, The New School, SUNY Purchase and Stonybrook, and Sarah Lawrence College.
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