Language and Material Culture

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, 15 сент. 2015 г. - Всего страниц: 192
This innovative and provocative work introduces complexity theory and its application to both the study of language and the study of material culture. The book begins with a wide-ranging theoretical background, covering the areas of dialect geography, the anthropological study of material culture, and a general introduction to the study of complex adaptive systems. Following this general introduction, the principles of complexity theory are demonstrated in data drawn from linguistics and material culture studies. Language and Material Culture further highlights the principles of complexity through a series of case studies, using data from the Linguistic Atlas, colonial American inventories and the Historic American Building Survey. LMC shows that language and material culture are intertwined as they interact within the same cultural complex system. The book is designed for students in courses that focus on language variation, American English and material culture, in addition to general courses on applications of complex systems.
 

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Words for things
1
What does this awl mean?
23
3 Complex adaptive systems
41
4 Material culture as a complex system
71
Pantry
95
Estate inventories
121
Historic American building survey
137
On artifacts
155
Complete data sets from Chapter 3
163
Complete data set from Chapter 4
172
Complete data sets from Chapter 5
174
Complete data sets from Chapter 6
176
Complete data sets from Chapter 7
179
References
183
Index
191
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Complete data sets from Chapter 1
161

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