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The Leopard's spots : essays on language, cognition, and culture / / by Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

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Autore: Dimmendaal Gerrit Jan Visualizza persona
Titolo: The Leopard's spots : essays on language, cognition, and culture / / by Gerrit J. Dimmendaal Visualizza cluster
Pubblicazione: Leiden, The Netherlands : , : Koninklijke Brill, , 2015
Descrizione fisica: 1 online resource (237 p.)
Disciplina: 496
Soggetto topico: Language and languages - Variation - Africa
Cognitive grammar - Africa
Language and culture - Africa
Soggetto genere / forma: Electronic books.
Note generali: Description based upon print version of record.
Nota di bibliografia: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Nota di contenuto: Preliminary Material / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 1 By Way of Introduction / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 2 Language Ecology and Linguistic Diversity on the African Continent / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 3 Accretion Zones and the Absence of Language Union in the Nuba Mountains / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 4 Esoterogeny and Localist Strategies in a Nuba Mountain Community / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 5 Some Observations on Evolutionary Concepts in Current Linguistics / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 6 Studying Lexical-Semantic Fields in Languages: Nature Versus Nurture, or Where Does Culture Come into It These Days? / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 7 Lexical-Semantic Fields in Tima / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 8 Colourful psi’s Sleep Furiously: Depicting Emotional States in Some African Languages / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 9 Perception of the Living Dead and the Invisible Hand in Teso-Turkana / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- 10 Conversational Styles in Tima / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- References / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- Language Index / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- Subject Index / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal.
Sommario/riassunto: In The Leopard’s Spots , Gerrit J. Dimmendaal discusses the interaction between language, cognition, and culture in an African context with special focus on the cultural construction of meaning through language. Such constructions are constrained by our cognitive system, but leave lots of space for culture-specific interpretations and thereby for tremendous typological diversity between languages. This variation reflects the adaptive nature of human language in the same way that the spots of the leopard reflect selective advantages for its natural habitat. But whereas science has essentially one explanation for the rosettes of the leopard, the non-scientific mind may attach meaning to his or her cultural environment by way of language through a plethora of strategies.
Titolo autorizzato: The Leopard's spots  Visualizza cluster
ISBN: 90-04-22414-9
Formato: Materiale a stampa
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Lingua di pubblicazione: Inglese
Record Nr.: 9910536841303321
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Serie: Brill's studies in language, cognition and culture ; ; Volume 11.