Anthropological Linguistics

I found a neat book at the thrift store but I don’t know when I will ever have the time and the sound mind to get into it. It’s about Anthropological Linguistics. History and culture of words is something I read about in bits and pieces. I like knowing the background story to the evolution of words, how they came to exist, how they were changed over time. Words are like pebbles on a beach, weathered by nature.

Language is a truly fascinating and enigmatic phenomenon. The scientific discipline that aims to study it, in all its dimensions, is known as linguistics. The particular approach that studies the relation between language, thought, and culture is known as anthropological linguistics (AL).

Taken from the Preface of the book: “A Basic Course in Anthropological Linguistics” by Marcel Danesi.

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