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Language, Culture, and Society

An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, 7th Edition

By James Stanlaw, Nobuko Adachi, Zdenek Salzmann


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Why should we study language? How do the ways in which we communicate define our identities? And how is this all changing in the digital world? Since 1993, many have turned to Language, Culture, and Society for answers to questions like those above because of its comprehensive coverage of all critical aspects of linguistic anthropology. Th

Table of Contents


1. Introducing Linguistic Anthropology

2. Methods of Linguistic Anthropology

3. The "Nuts and Bolts" of Linguistic Anthropology I: Language Is Sound

4. The "Nuts and Bolts" of Linguistic Anthropology II: Structure of Words and Sentences

5. Communicating Nonverbally

6. The Development and Evolution of Language: Language Birth, Language Growth, and Language Death

7. Acquiring and Using Language(s): Life with First Languages, Second Languages, and More

8. Language Through Time

9. Languages in Variation and Languages in Contact

10. The Ethnography of Communication

11. Culture as Cognition, Culture as Categorization: Meaning and Language in the Conceptual World

12. Language, Culture, and Thought

13. Language, Identity, and Ideology I: Variations in Gender

14. Language, Identity, and Ideology II: Variations in Class, "Race," Ethnicity, and Nationality

15. The Linguistic Anthropology of a Globalized and Digitalized World

About the Authors

James Stanlaw is professor of anthropology at Illinois State University. His areas of interest include linguistic anthropology, cognitive anthropology, language and culture contact, and Japan and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Japanese English: Language and Culture Contact.

Nobuko Adachi is associate professor of anthropology at Illinois State University. Her interests include transnationalism, ethnohistory, and ethnic studies. She is the author of Ethnic Capital in a Japanese Brazilian Commune: Child of Nature.

Zdenek Salzmann is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A specialist in Native American languages and folklore, he is the author, with his wife Joy, of Native Americans of the Southwest.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General