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Anthropological Linguistics: An Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-631-15122-7
514 pages
August 1997, ©1997, Wiley-Blackwell
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It starts from a theoretical viewpoint of both language and culture as conventionalised forms of situated practice and uses this as a unifying framework to cover the full range of topics normally treated under the rubric of language and culture.
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Part I: Introduction.

Part II: The Evolution of Language.

Part III: Universalism: Innate Constraints of Mind.

Part IV: Relativism: Cultural and Linguistic Constraints on Mind.

Part V: The Ethnography of Speaking.

Part VI: Culture and Language Change.


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William A. Foley is Professor of Lingusitics at the University of Sydney. He is author of Functional Syntax and Universal Grammar (with R. van Valin) and The Papuan Languages fo New Guinea, and editor of The Role of Theory in Language Description.
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* Remarkably comprehensive review of a cross-disciplinary field.
* Rich illustrative examples especially from Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
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"Foley's book illustrates quite convincingly that 'Linguistics without anthropology is sterile, anthropology without linguistics is blind'(Hockett 1973: 675)" Gunter Senft, Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics

"I applaud Foley for having overcome one of the main constraints of structuralist - inspired approaches to analysis." Peter Muhlhausler, University of Adelaide

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