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The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology 3rd Edition

Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2009, 2006
  • 416 Pages

Overview

Ottenheimer's authoritative yet approachable introduction to the field's methodology, skills, techniques, tools, and applications emphasizes the kinds of questions that anthropologists ask about language and the kinds of questions that intrigue students. The text brings together the key areas of linguistic anthropology, addressing issues of power, race, gender, and class throughout. Further stressing the everyday relevance of the text material, Ottenheimer includes "In the Field" vignettes that draw you in to the chapter material via stories culled from her own and others' experiences, as well as "Doing Linguistic Anthropology" and "Cross-Language Miscommunication" features that describe real-life applications of text concepts. A revised companion workbook/reader and robust Anthropology CourseMate website make a complete integrated package for your course.

Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer, Kansas State University

Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Kansas State University, has taught Linguistic Anthropology for over 30 years. Her research interests include music, language and other creative and performative expressions, particularly in African American and African cultures. In addition to extended periods of field research in New Orleans and the Comoro Islands, Dr. Ottenheimer has traveled and lectured widely throughout many other parts of the world. She has special interests in blues, autobiography, transcription, dictionary construction, fieldwork ethics and ethnicity. Dr. Ottenheimer has taught at the University of New Orleans, at Charles University in Prague--on a visiting Fulbright appointment--and at Kansas State University. At KSU, she was the founding director of the interdisciplinary American Ethnic Studies Program, teaching introductory and advanced courses in that program, as well as in cultural and linguistic anthropology. Dr. Ottenheimer has received the Kansas State University President's Award for Distinguished Service to Minority Education and the Charles Irby Award for Distinguished Service to the National Association for Ethnic Studies. She has served as president of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and the Central States Anthropological Association. Dr. Ottenheimer received a B.A. at Bennington College and a Ph.D. at Tulane University and speaks five languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian and Shinzwani. She is attempting to learn to speak and read Czech.
  • NEW Chapters 5 and 6 have been re-ordered, so that sign language is covered earlier in the text. Sign language is also covered in more detail throughout the book where applicable.
  • NEW Expanded discussion of language discourse in chapter 9, focusing especially on language and identity, and language and power.
  • NEW The text includes more references to current research, thus ensuring that students are receiving the most up-to-date information.
  • Features such as "In the Field" vignettes, "Doing Linguistic Anthropology", and "Cross-Language Miscommunication" truly engage students by showing the applications of linguistic anthropology to real-life situations.
  • This edition is available as an integrated package, including a workbook/reader with individual and group exercises and projects, as well as a robust Anthropology CourseMate website.
  • The text emphasizes contemporary issues and applications of linguistic anthropology in a conversational yet authoritative tone, and also addresses the social and cultural contexts of language use, with special reference to issues of power, race, gender, and class throughout the text.
  • The author includes examples from a number of languages, including Zapotec, Dyirbal, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
1. Linguistic Anthropology.
2. Language and Culture.
3. The Sounds of Language.
4. Words and Sentences.
5. Sign Language and Nonverbal Communication.
6. Language in Action.
7. Writing and Literacy.
8. How and When is Language Possible?
9. Change and Choice.
10. Doing Linguistic Anthropology.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133832261
  • ISBN-13: 9781133832263
  • STARTING AT $15.99

  • ISBN-10: 111182875X
  • ISBN-13: 9781111828752
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $97.50
  • RETAIL $129.95

"The writing style is one of the greatest strengths of this book. The author hits all the key terms needed for an introductory linguistic anthropology course, and her writing style is accessible, engaging, and at times quite humorous. I especially appreciate her ability to inject humor into some rather dry structural linguistic topics."

"I find Ottenheimer's The Anthropology of Language an extremely useful textbook as a very accessible introduction to linguistic anthropology for lower-division undergraduates. Its range and depth strikes a good balance for those first being introduced to an anthropological approach to language."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

ISBN: 9781111828752
Ottenheimer's authoritative yet approachable introduction to the field's methodology, skills, techniques, tools, and applications emphasizes the kinds of questions that anthropologists ask about language and the kinds of questions that intrigue students. The text brings together the key areas of linguistic anthropology, addressing issues of power, race, gender, and class throughout. Further stressing the everyday relevance of the text material, Ottenheimer includes "In the Field" vignettes that draw you in to the chapter material via stories culled from her own and others' experiences, as well as "Doing Linguistic Anthropology" and "Cross-Language Miscommunication" features that describe real-life applications of text concepts. A revised companion workbook/reader and robust Anthropology CourseMate website make a complete integrated package for your course.

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781111940836
Written by Harriet Ottenheimer, this electronic manual provides instructors with lecture notes, reading notes, exercise notes, web exercises, and tips for using the guided student projects for every chapter of the text and workbook package. The site also includes a sample syllabus and a fully revised and expanded test bank.

Online PowerPoint® Slides

ISBN: 9781133524984
Written by Harriet Ottenheimer, these slides include photos and figures from the textbook, a visual chapter outline, and workbook tie-ins.

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Intant Access

ISBN: 9781133592556

FOR STUDENTS

The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

ISBN: 9781111828752
Ottenheimer's authoritative yet approachable introduction to the field's methodology, skills, techniques, tools, and applications emphasizes the kinds of questions that anthropologists ask about language and the kinds of questions that intrigue students. The text brings together the key areas of linguistic anthropology, addressing issues of power, race, gender, and class throughout. Further stressing the everyday relevance of the text material, Ottenheimer includes "In the Field" vignettes that draw you in to the chapter material via stories culled from her own and others' experiences, as well as "Doing Linguistic Anthropology" and "Cross-Language Miscommunication" features that describe real-life applications of text concepts.