Chapter 4 - Symbolic Communication and Culture


You should learn...

  1. the significance of language in culture.
  2. identify some of the methods used by anthropologists to study language.
  3. differentiate between human and non-human communication.
  4. understand the importance of non-spoken communication to culture.


Key Terms and Concepts

descriptive linguistics        phoneme        morpheme        syntax

ethnolinguistics                historical linguistics                    sociolinguistics 

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis                        dialect                kinesics

proxemics                        silent language                          American Sign Language (ASL)


Some Important People and Societies

Edward Sapir        Benjamin Lee Whorf



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