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A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology provides a series ofin-depth explorations of key concepts and approaches by some of thescholars whose work constitutes the theoretical and methodologicalfoundations of the contemporary study of language as culture.
Provides a definitive overview of the field of linguisticanthropology, comprised of original contributions by leadingscholars in the field
Summarizes past and contemporary research across the field andis intended to spur students and scholars to pursue new paths inthe coming decades
Includes a comprehensive bibliography of over 2000 entriesdesigned as a resource for anyone seeking a guide to the literatureof linguistic anthropology
Reviews for A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology
This book covers a range of topics relevant to linguistic anthropology through a series of chapters written in a fully readable and engaging style. The authors appropriately realise that not all linguists are fully grounded in matters of anthropology, and not all anthropologists have a strong background in linguistics; thus, the book is appropriate for uninitiated readers, yet manages to offer a serious treatment of scholarly topics that should appeal to more experienced readers. The book is organised so that early chapters deal with basic concepts such as the definition of a speech community, language contact, and codeswitching, while the latter chapters deal with heavier philosophical questions such as issues of language and agency. In between, the contributors cover a broad selection of issues, including particulars of Native American and sign languages, literacy, gesture, poetry, language and music, conversation analysis, sociolinguistics, and religious language. As such, this volume makes a great text for an anthropological linguistics/linguistic anthropology course, or a nice supplemental source for a sociolinguistics class.Readers should note that Alessandro Duranti is also the author of a textbook entitled "Linguistic Anthropology." The title of this text somewhat misleadingly suggests that the two books are related, but in fact they are not; this book is meant as a companion to the field, and stands perfectly well on its own, though Duranti's other text is also a great read to combine with this one in an introductory course.read more
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