Language as Culture in U.S. Anthropology

  title={Language as Culture in U.S. Anthropology},
  author={Alessandro Duranti},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={323 - 347}
  • A. Duranti
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Linguistics
  • Current Anthropology
The study of language as culture in U.S. anthropology is a set of distinct and often not fully compatible practices that can be made sense of through the identification of three historically related paradigms. Whereas the first paradigm, initiated by Boas, was mostly devoted to documentation, grammatical description, and classification (especially of North American indigenous languages) and focused on linguistic relativity, the second paradigm, developed in the 1960s, took advantage of new… 
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