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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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Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction.

1. Introduction.

Part II: The Evolution of Language.

2. The Evolution of Language.

Part III: Universalism: Innate Constraints of Mind.

3. Mind, Universals and the Sensible World.

4. Structuralism.

5. Cognitive Anthropology.

6. Kinship.

7. Color.

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

8. On Relativist Understanding.

9. Models and Metaphors.

10. Linguistic Relativity and the Boasian Tradition.

11. Space.

12. Classifiers.

Part V: The Ethnography of Speaking.

13. Speaking as a Culturally Constructed Act: A Few Examples.

14. Politeness, Face and the Linguistic Construction of Personhood.

15. Language and Gender.

16. Language and Social Position.

17. Language and Socialisation.

18. Genre: Poetics, Ritual Languages and Verbal Art.

Part VI: Culture and Language Change.

19. Contact Induced Language Change.

20. Standard Language and Linguistic Engineering.

21. Literacy.



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Author Information

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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The Wiley Advantage

* 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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