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Ethnosyntax: Explorations in Grammar and Culture

N. J. Enfield


This book provides a new 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 issues: 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 to the renewed debate among linguists and anthro ... More

Keywords: grammar of language, culture, linguistic variation, culture and grammar, social values, sociocultural significance, grammatical devices, cognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266500
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

N. J. Enfield, author
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
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