Linguistic Anthropology

The study of language has been part of anthropology since the discipline started in the 1ate 1870s. This site is a place for linguistic anthropologists to post their work and discuss important events and trends in the field.

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Edward Sapir, by Florence Hendershot, from

Of course, I’m interested in culture patterns, linguistic included. All I claim is that their consistencies and spatial temporal persistences can be, and ultimately should be explained in terms of humble psychological formations with particular emphasis on interpersonal relations. I have no consciousness of whatsoever of being revolutionary or of losing an interest in what is generally phrased in an impersonal way. Quite the contrary, I feel rather like a physicist who feels that the immensities of the atom are not unrelated to the immensities of interstellar space (Sapir to Kroeber 1938, in Darnell 2001: 109)

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