Explorations in Grammar and Culture
By (author) N. J. Enfield
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Ethnosyntax by N. J. Enfield
Book DescriptionThis book provides a fresh and original approach to the 'ethnosyntax' concept - the proposition that the grammar of a language is intimately linked to the culture of its speakers. It focuses on three related questions: how far culture accounts for linguistic variation; how culture and grammar are connected; and to what extent one may constitute the other. It looks, for example, at the ways in which grammatical (including semantic) resources may be constrained by social values, and at the possible sociocultural significance of grammatical devices. The chapters add up to an important and timely contribution to the renewed debate among linguists and anthropologists on the relationship between grammar, culture, and cognition. The authors represent a wide range of research traditions, some of which have not until now explicitly addressed the grammar and culture issue. They consider the subject in the context of a wide range of cultures in North America, Europe, and Australasia. The clarity and accessibility of their writing, together with Dr Enfield's introduction to the field, make this not only a work of original value and impeccable scholarship, but an excellent modern textbook on a subject of enduring fascination in linguistics and anthropology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199266500
(233mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author N. J. Enfield
Utility of Meaning, Hardback (January 2015)
This book argues that the complex, anthropocentric, and often culture-specific meanings of words have been shaped directly by their history of 'utility' for communication in social life, and explores relations between language, communication, culture, and mind. It contains extensive data from the author's fieldwork on language and culture in Laos.
Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology, Hardback (September 2014)
An essential reference guide, this state-of-the-field survey covers a wide range of topics, approaches and theories in linguistic anthropology.
Relationship Thinking, Hardback (December 2013)
In Relationship Thinking, N. J. Enfield outlines a framework for analyzing social interaction and its linguistic, cultural, and cognitive underpinnings, by putting human relationships front and center.
Anatomy of Meaning, Paperback (October 2012)» View all books by N. J. Enfield
This study examines how words combine with hand gestures and other bodily movements to create unified 'composite utterances'.
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Author Biography - N. J. Enfield
N. J. Enfield is a staff member in the Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. His work in semantic and grammatical description, contact and areal linguistics, gesture, and linguistic anthropology is based upon ongoing fieldwork in mainland Southeast Asia.
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