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The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The new edition of this highly successful, student-centered text fully engages students by emphasizing contemporary issues and the application of linguistic anthropology. Students easily learn from real-life chapter-opening vignettes ("In the Field"), and the boxed features that provide concrete examples of "Doing Linguistic Anthropology" and "Cross-Language Miscommunicati ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Wadsworth Publishing Company (first published April 1st 2005)
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Feb 12, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book (and its companion reader) as a way of reviewing the material I learned as an undergrad majoring in Language Studies. Yes – it’s true – for fun I read linguistic textbooks. Call me a nerd – I’m fine with that.

This book is an excellent overview of the major disciplines in linguistics such as phonetics, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, etc. all through the lens of anthropology. The author’s voice comes through clearly and the result was that reading it I felt like I
Dec 27, 2007 Evan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrible book. It oversimplifies, it is filled with inaccuracy, it makes logical errors on nearly every page, and it is just plain bad. In addition, it is written as if its readers are young children with short attention spans and poor reading skills. Find a different book if you are interested in this subject matter.
Nov 30, 2007 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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If I were teaching this class, I'd pick a different text. This one is too skewed toward sociolinguistics and overly simplistic.
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