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Title: The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology


1
The Anthropology of Language An Introduction to
Linguistic Anthropology
Chapter 1 Linguistic Anthropology
2
Krazy Kat Comic Strip - 1918
3
Introducing Linguistic Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropos logos (logia)

4
Anthropology is Holistic
  • Four Fields
  • Archaeology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Applied Anthropology
  • A fifth field or a second dimension?

5
Cultural Diversity - Food
6
What is a Taco?
7
But some foods can seem a bit funny
8
even a bit ugly.
9
You might even wonder if you want to eat it?
10
Anthropology is Comparative
  • Ethnocentrism
  • frames of reference
  • Cultural Relativity
  • Commonalities

11
Anthropology is Fieldwork-based
  • Living in another culture
  • Participating in everyday activities
  • Adapting to new frames of reference
  • Learning inside view.

New Guinea, 2001
12
Theoretical Linguistics is
  • Focused
  • On underlying structures and rules
  • Specific
  • Deducing universal rules from specific languages
  • Rule from English if O follows V, then use Prep
  • To see the cat in the tree
  • BUT
  • Huona mpaha mwiri-juu
  • Intuitive
  • Using your own language as a source of data.

13
Boas and Fieldwork
  • Language vs culture vs race
  • Language as window into culture
  • Language as necessary for fieldwork.

Franz Boas, 1900, posing for model of Kwakiutl
dancer
14
Some Fieldwork Concerns
  • Culture shock
  • Illness
  • Ethics
  • Mitchell

Wedding preparations, Domoni, 1985
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