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Language is crucial to human event and our figuring out of who we're, no matter if written or unwritten, sung or spoken. yet what's language and the way can we checklist it? the place does it dwell? Does it exist and evolve inside of written assets, in functionality, within the brain or in speech?

For too lengthy, ethnographic, aesthetic and sociolinguistic stories of language have remained except analyses rising from traditions similar to literature and function. Where is Language? argues for a extra advanced and contextualized figuring out of language throughout this diversity of disciplines, attractive with key matters, together with orality, literacy, narrative, ideology, functionality and the human groups within which those occur.

Eminent anthropologist Ruth Finnegan attracts jointly a life of ethnographic case reviews, interpreting and private observation to discover the jobs and nature of language in cultures the world over, from West Africa to the South Pacific. through combining study and reflections, Finnegan discusses the multi-modality of language to supply an account no longer easily of vocabulary and grammar, yet one that questions the significance of cultural settings and the essence of human communique itself.

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