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

  • Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer Kansas State University
  • ISBN-10: 111182875X  |  ISBN-13: 9781111828752
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $97.50
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About

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • 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.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Workbook/Reader, 3rd + An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Workbook Reader, 3rd

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  • The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Workbook/Reader
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ePack: The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, 3rd + The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Workbook/Reader, 3rd + CourseMate Intant Access

ISBN-10:  1305588495 | ISBN-13:  9781305588493

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  • The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Workbook/Reader
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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"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."

— Dionne Soares Palmer, UC Davis

"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."

— Richard Senghas, Sonoma State University

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111940835 | ISBN-13: 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-10: 1133524982 | ISBN-13: 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-10: 1133592554 | ISBN-13: 9781133592556)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.

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The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Workbook/Reader  (ISBN-10: 1111828857 | ISBN-13: 9781111828851)

Updated to pair with the new Third Edition of Ottenheimer's book, this notebook-sized workbook/reader offers classic and contemporary readings that illuminate and expand on the basic concepts introduced in the text, providing background information and insight. Exercises and guided student projects, ranging beginning to intermediate in skill level, are presented in workbook format, and pages are perforated so that can be torn out and handed in as assignment sheets. A series of exercises drawn from a single language is designed to show students the interconnectedness of different levels of analysis. Web exercise sections conclude with pointers to the Anthropology CourseMate website, where students will find glossary flashcards, interactive exercises, links to relevant additional websites, study questions, and key words to guide them. Instructors receive access to the online Instructor's Manual with detailed notes for incorporating the readings and exercises, as well as tips for assigning the guided student projects.

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Student Supplements

The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Workbook/Reader  (ISBN-10: 1111828857 | ISBN-13: 9781111828851)

This notebook-sized workbook/reader offers illuminating classic and contemporary readings that provide additional information on, and insight into, the basic concepts covered in Ottenheimer's text. Exercises and guided projects provide numerous opportunities for you to develop and hone your skills. A series of exercises drawn from a single language is designed to show you the interconnectedness of different levels of analysis. Web exercise sections conclude with pointers to the Anthropology CourseMate website, where you will find glossary flashcards, interactive exercises, links to relevant additional websites, study questions, and key words to guide you as you study. Furthermore, the book's pages are perforated, allowing you to easily remove specific exercises and submit them to your instructor.

List Price = $103.95  | CengageBrain Price = $103.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer

Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer, professor emeritus of anthropology at Kansas State University, received a B.A. at Bennington College and a Ph.D. at Tulane University. She 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. Among her publications are COUSIN JOE: BLUES FROM NEW ORLEANS (with Pleasant "Cousin Joe" Joseph), a blues singer's autobiography; THE HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF THE COMORO ISLANDS (with Martin Ottenheimer), an encyclopedia; MUSIC OF THE COMORO ISLANDS: DOMONI (also with Martin Ottenheimer), in vinyl, cassette, and CD formats; and SHINZWANI-ENGLISH/ENGLISH-SHINZWANI DICTIONARY, a bilingual, bidirectional dictionary. She 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. She speaks five languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Shinzwani. She is attempting to learn to speak and read Czech.