Language, Culture, and Society

An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

Zdenek Salzmann, James Stanlaw, Nobuko Adachi

Sixth Edition • July 29, 2014 • 512 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813349541 • $52.00 USD$67.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813349558 • $33.99 USD$33.99 CAN

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Since 1993, professors have turned Language, Culture, and Society for its comprehensive coverage of all critical aspects of linguistic anthropology. The revised and updated sixth edition features:

A greatly expanded discussion of the sociocultural context of language, including a new chapter on gender and a thoroughly revised and broadened chapter on race, ethnicity, and class

End-of-chapter resource manuals and study guides with key terms, questions for discussion, group and individual projects, objective study questions and problems (with answers), and suggestions for further reading

Additional exercises on phonetics and syntax that reflect contemporary research

A global perspective and a focus on transnational and multilingual anthropology

Expanded sections on written languages and theoretical and historical perspectives of linguistic anthropology.

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

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 language and transnationalism, ethnohistory, and ethnic studies. She is the author of Japanese Diasporas: Unsung Pasts, Conflicting Presents, and Uncertain Futures.

Chapter 1. Introducing Linguistic Anthropology
Chapter 2. Methods of Linguistic Anthropology
Chapter 3. “Nuts and Bolts” Linguistic Anthropology I: Language is Sound
Chapter 4. “Nuts and Bolts” Linguistic Anthropology II: Structure of Words and Sentences
Chapter 5. Communicating Nonverbally
Chapter 6. The Development and Evolution of Language: Language Birth, Language Growth, and Language Death
Chapter 7. Acquiring Language(s): Life with First Languages, Second Languages, and More
Chapter 8. Language through Time
Chapter 9. Languages in Variation and Languages in Contact
Chapter 10. Ethnography of Communication
Chapter 11. Culture as Cognition, Culture as Categorization: Meaning and Language in the Conceptual World
Chapter 12. Language, Culture, and Thought
Chapter 13. Language, Identity, and Ideology I: Variations in Gender
Chapter 14. Language, Identity, and Ideology II: Variations in Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality
Chapter 15. Linguistic Anthropology in the Globalized World

Languages Mentioned in the Text and Their Locations (map)

Language, Culture, and Society is a welcoming text regardless of the reader’s background in linguistic anthropology. Material that is significant in scope and depth is masterfully rendered in digestible yet substantive elements. There is an art to maintaining conceptual rigor while deftly delivering profound ideas in readily grasped writing—an art that Salzmann, Stanlaw, and Adachi possess in great amounts.”
William L. Alexander, University of North Carolina Wilmington

“A major introduction and overview to the (reborn) field of linguistic anthropology. The book is systematic and very accessible. It covers most of what is relevant in the field, for which it certainly is to be highly recommended.”
Applied Linguistics

Language, Culture, and Society contains fascinating renderings of words and sounds from across the globe . . . while mentioning no fewer than 146 languages throughout. However, non-specialists will also find the text interesting; copious examples and sidebars portray the field as an ideal multidisciplinary bridge. Communication scholars, in particular, will find the text enlarges their conception of their own work.” —Communication Research Trends

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