Language, Culture and Communication6th Edition
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Using data from cultures and languages throughout the world to highlight both similarities and differences in human languages, Language, Culture and Communication explores the many interconnections among language, culture, and communicative meaning. It examines the multi-faceted meanings and uses of language and emphasizes the ways that language encapsulates speakers' meanings and intentions.
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: The Form of the Message
Chapter Three: Language and Cultural Meaning
Foundations of Linguistic Anthropology
Lexical and Cultural Categories
The Cultural Meaning of L I anguage Ideologies
Extended and Transferred Meaning
Chapter Four: Contextual Components: Outline of an Ethnography of Communication
Ethnography of Communication
Topics and Goals
Chapter Five: Communicative Interactions
Structural Properties of Conversation
Sign Language Communication
Chapter Six: Learning Language
Acquisition of Language
Some Universal Sequences
Chapter Seven: The Acquisition of Communicate Competence
Acquiring Communicative Styles
Learning Status and Role
Chapter Eight: Societal Segmentation and Linguistic Variation: Class and Race
Stratification and Language Ideologies
Chapter Nine: Language and Gender
Choices of Vocabulary
Images of Gender in Linguistic Form
Chapter Ten: Multilingual Nations
Language Ideologies in Multilingual Nations
The United States
Chapter Eleven: Bilingual Communities
Language Use in Bilingual Communities
Bilingual Conversational Strategies
Chapter Twelve: Language and Institutional Encounters
Language Ideologies in Institutional Contexts
Language and Status
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Non-technical terminology used throughout–where possible–makes the content less intimidating and more accessible to students.
Short chapter-opening vignettes illustrate each chapter's theme, and draw students into actual situations they can relate to and to which they can apply upcoming concepts.
Interactional, situational, and social functions of languages introduce students to the various aspects of languages as they take place and are actively created within cultural contexts.
Gender difference provide students with useful insights they can apply to their own interpersonal experiences, and helps them better understand the subtleties of intercultural communication that can often cause misunderstanding and unnecessary conflict between men and women.
The use and evaluation of talk within speech communities shows students how talk reveals social and cultural beliefs about the way that society is structured, and the ways that people are expected to act and interact.
Power implications of language use shows students how language can be used as a tool–and sometimes a weapon–in interpersonal and written communication, enabling them to be better prepared in a variety of situations, e.g., social, workplace, political, etc.
Nancy Bonvillain is a professor of anthropology and linguistics at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She is author of over twenty books on language, culture, and gender, including a series on Native American peoples. In her field work she studied the Mohawk and Navajo, and she has published a grammar and dictionary of the Akwesasne dialect of Mohawk. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 1972 and has taught at Columbia University, The New School, SUNY Purchase and Stonybrook, and Sarah Lawrence College.