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Ethnosyntax : Explorations in Grammar and Culture - N. J. Enfield


Explorations in Grammar and Culture

By: N. J. Enfield (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9780199249060
Number Of Pages: 336

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This 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 or original value and impeccable scholarship, but an excellent modern textbook on a subject of enduring fascination in linguistics and anthropology.

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an interesting collection ... timely ... a good collection from which teachers can draw readings from students towards methodological ends, as a means of getting them to think more clearly about cultural and cognitive connections within language, and to apply their observations to other bodies of data. The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute

Part I: Ethnosyntax: Theory and Scope 1: N. J. Enfield: Ethnosyntax: Introduction 2: Anthony V. N. Diller and Wilaiwan Khanittanan: Syntactic Enquiry as a Cultural Activity 3: Cliff Goddard: Ethnosyntax, Ethnopragmatics, Sign-Functions, and Culture 4: John Newman: Culture, Cognition, and the Grammar of 'Give' Clauses Part II: Culture, Semantics, and Grammar 5: Wallace Chafe: Masculine and Feminine in the Northern Iroquoian Languages 6: Andrew Pawley: Using He and She for Inanimate Referents in English: Questions of Grammar and World View 7: Ronald W. Langacker: A Study in Unified Diversity: English and Mixtec Locatives 8: Anna Wierzbicka: Enlgish Causative Constructions in an Ethnosyntactic Perspective: Focusing on 'LET' Part III: Culture, Pragmatics, and Grammaticalisation 9: Kate Burridge: Changes within Pennsylvania German Grammar as Enactments of Anabaptist World View 10: N. J. Enfield: Cultural Logic and Syntactic Productivity: Associated Posture Constructions in Lao 11: Alan Rumsey: Aspects of Ku Waru Ethnosyntax and Social Life 12: Jane Simpson: From Common Ground to Syntactic Construction: Associated Path in Warlpiri

ISBN: 9780199249060
ISBN-10: 0199249067
Series: Oxford Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.61