By Laura M. Ahearn

Obtainable and obviously written, 'Living Language: An creation to Linguistic Anthropology' introduces readers to the learn of language in real-life social contexts all over the world throughout the modern idea and perform of linguistic anthropology.

• A hugely available creation to the examine of language in real-life social contexts round the world.
• Combines vintage reports on language and state of the art modern scholarship and assumes no earlier wisdom in linguistics or anthropology.
• offers a unifying synthesis of present examine and considers destiny instructions for the field.
• Covers key themes corresponding to: language and gender, race, and ethnicity; language acquisition and socialization in kids and adults; language loss of life and revitalization; functionality; language and inspiration; literacy practices; and multilingualism and globalization.

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Many of these kinds of utterances are also examples of language ideologies, which will be discussed further below. For some linguistic anthropologists, the metalinguistic function of language represents the quintessentially human ability to be reflexive about one’s own language use – in other words, the ability to use language in reported speech or to reflect upon linguistic practice, structures, and contexts of use (cf. Agha 2007; Lucy 1993). So, language is multifunctional; it accomplishes much more than simply referring to or labeling items or events.

Indd 35 2/22/2011 2:23:03 PM 36 Research in Linguistic Anthropology Linguistic anthropologists may use interviews to gather general background information about cultural norms and social practices in their research communities, and/or they may conduct interviews to ask people’s opinions about various linguistic usages. Linguistic anthropologists might also seek out individuals to help them understand the meanings of particularly important and complex words and concepts. ” Instead, they recognize the importance of analyzing the interview context itself.

Since methodological approaches vary greatly within linguistic anthropology, none of these questions will have a simple answer. Often, scholars in the field will make use of several different kinds of methods in order to obtain varying perspectives on the issues at hand. Many of these methods are also used by researchers in other fields, especially cultural anthropology. While linguistic anthropologists frequently borrow from methods closely associated with cultural anthropology, however, the reverse is not often the case – though maybe it should be.

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