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Language, our primary tool of thought and perception, is at the heart of who we are as individuals. Languages are constantly changing, sometimes into entirely new varieties of speech, leading to subtle differences in how we present ourselves to others. This revealing account brings together eleven leading specialists from the fields of linguistics, anthropology, philosophy and psychology, to explore the fascinating relationship between language, culture, and social interaction. A range of major questions are discussed: How does language influence our perception of the world? How do new languages emerge? How do children learn to use language appropriately? What factors determine language choice in bi- and multilingual communities? How far does language contribute to the formation of our personalities? And finally, in what ways does language make us human? Language, Culture and Society will be essential reading for all those interested in language and its crucial role in our social lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521614740
ISBN-10: 0521614740
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 324
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Christine Jourdan

Christine Jourdan is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University. Kevin Tuite is Professuer titulaire (full Professor) of Anthropology at the Universite de Montreal.

Books By Author Christine Jourdan

Language, Culture, and Society by Christine Jourdan

Language, Culture, and Society

Hardback, May 2006
$139.50