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Language, Culture, and Society

By Christine Jourdan

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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.

Subject: English & College Success -> English -> Linguistics

Language, Culture, and Society
Key Topics in Linguistic Anthropology
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 5/11/06
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 051116663X
ISBN 13: 9780511166631
Print ISBN: 9780521849418

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