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Linguistic Anthropology

(Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

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Alessandro Duranti introduces linguistic anthropology as an interdisciplinary field that studies language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice. The theories and methods of linguistic anthropology are introduced through a discussion of linguistic diversity, grammar in use, the role of speaking in social interaction, the organization and meaning of conv ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published September 4th 1997 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 3rd 1993)
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Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a textbook.

It's a decently written textbook, but it has the dry density of an intro textbook trying to cover a lot of ground in not very deep detail.

As a writer, it has a lot of interesting perspective of the role of conversation in society, and the social ramifications of saying certain sorts of things. It gave me a lot of interesting perspectives of language as action, and that's neat. But it still took me 6 months to get through it.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a funtastic linguistic anthropology textbook. A thrill a minute. Actually, I'm not being sarcastic; I just really love the topic. The chapter on theories of culture was particularly interesting. He kind of has to phone in the chapter on ethnographic methods, so if you aren't in school and looking for that, I recommend Bernard's "Research Methods in Anthropology." That's what we read here. ...more
Oct 26, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of why I became a linguistic anthropologist, especially the excerpt from Whorf, insurance assessor/intellectual extraordinaire.
J.W.D. Nicolello
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great revisiting on last touches of the Werke
Faith Golden
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very stimulating. Engaging and easy to follow.
Silvio Curtis
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my introduction to linguistic anthropology, the sub-discipline that studies what people use language for. It collects articles published over the last forty years, organized around four concepts: speech communities, "ways of speaking," language socialization, and language ideologies. I'm guessing that the concepts don't exhaust the discipline, but are only a few of the most important ones that could have been chosen. I particularly liked the sections on ways of speaking and language ideo ...more
Natasha Borton
A reader of Linguistic Anthropology constructed for Linguistic Anthropologists. wrongly I picked this up looking for an 'introduction to...' - also quite United States centred. ...more
Melody Violine
Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it
baru baca bab pertama aja, haha (curang)
ternyata Antropologi Linguistik menarik juga~
Borislav Gueorguiev
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nice textbook as all Cambridge textbooks li linguistics
Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader (Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology, 1) (2001)
If I remember correctly, I think I liked just about every chapter.
Eliana Nieto
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great compilation!
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