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Intended for introductory linguistics courses that adopt a cultural focus, this text examines the enigmatic phenomenon of language, exploring questions of how it came about, what it is, and what it allows humans to do. It also features an accompanying manual of exercises and activities.
Anthropologists have always put language at the centre of their agenda. So too have linguists. Anthropological linguistics, the amalgam of the two disciplines, aims to document and examine how language mirrors social structure and cultural-specific thought patterns. Linguistic Anthropology: A Brief Introduction -- the third edition of Marcel Danesi's popular text -- provides a concrete method for studying the relation between language and society. This book is ideal for introductory-level courses in linguistics that adopt a cultural focus and is also suitable for supplementary use in more theoretical linguistics courses. The new edition has been restructured and streamlined to make it a better fit for one-semester courses. Written in Danesi's accessible and engaging style, this book will also appeal to a broad audience of language students, scholars, and enthusiasts.
This fourth edition expands its coverage of the fundamental issues in the field, including language and gender, and language and ethnicity. Now with a built-in Resource Manual and Study Guide, Language, Culture, and Society is the teaching text for the linguistic anthropology course.
This second edition of Language, Culture, and Society has profited from the comments of several instructors who have been using the text successfully during the past several years. In his revisions, Zdenek Salzmann has not only updated the text but has made it even more user-friendly. Two of the original chapters have been subdivided, the text has been enriched by the inclusion of additional examples, and the discussions of some of the more abstract topics have been edited with the student and the layperson in mind. With the growing emphasis in anthropology on applications of anthropological findings, references to the uses of linguistic anthropology are included throughout the book, and the final chapter is devoted solely to applications. Because anthropology stresses the holistic view, the tendency to integrate the data from all subfields of anthropology is evident throughout the book.
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. This seventh edition carries on the legacy while addressing some of the newer pressing and exciting challenges of the 21st century, such as issues of language and power, language ideology, and linguistic diasporas. Chapters on gender, race, and class also examine how language helps create-and is created by-identity. New to this edition are enhanced and updated pedagogical features, such as learning objectives, updated resources for continued learning, and the inclusion of a glossary. There is also an expanded discussion of communication online and of social media outlets and how that universe is changing how we interact. The discussion on race and ethnicity has also been expanded to include Latin- and Asian-American English vernacular.
Why should we study language? How do the ways inwhich we communicate define our identities? And how is this all changing in thedigital world? Since 1993, many have turned to Language, Culture, and Society for answers toquestions like those above because of its comprehensive coverage of allcritical aspects of linguistic anthropology. This seventh edition carries onthe legacy while addressing some of the newer pressing and exciting challengesof the 21st century, such as issues of language and power, languageideology, and linguistic diasporas. Chapters on gender, race, and class alsoexamine how language helps create-and is created by-identity.New to this edition are enhanced and updated pedagogical features, such aslearning objectives, updated resources for continued learning, and theinclusion of a glossary. There is also an expanded discussion of communicationonline and of social media outlets and how that universe is changing how weinteract. The discussion on race and ethnicity has also been expanded toinclude Latin- and Asian-American English vernacular.
In this revised text on language, culture and society, two of the original chapters have been subdivided, additional examples have been included, and the discussions of some of the more abstract topics have been edited.

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