Ethnolinguistics

Ethnolinguistics is a field of linguistic anthropology which studies the language of a particular ethnic group.

Ethnolinguistics is frequently associated with minority linguistic groups within a larger population, such as the Native American languages or the languages of immigrants. In these cases, ethnolinguistics studies the use of a minority language within the context of the majority population, and it also studies the perception of the language by the majority population. Money also plays a big part in ethnolinguistics. More generally, ethnolinguistics studies the relationship between language and culture, and the way different ethnic groups perceive the world. A well-known (but controversial) ethnolinguistic subject is the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, which states that perception is limited by what can be described in one's own language.

Ethnolinguists study the way perception and conceptualization influences language, and show how this is linked to different cultures and societies. An example is the way spatial orientation is expressed in various cultures (Bernd Heine 1997, Yi-Fu Tuan 1974). In many societies, words for the cardinal directions East and West are derived from terms for sunrise/sunset. The nomenclature for cardinal directions of Eskimo speakers of Greenland, however, is based on geographical landmarks such as the river system and one's position on the coast. Similarly, the Yurok lack the idea of cardinal directions; they orient themselves with respect to their principal geographic feature, the Klamath River.

References

  • Heine, Bernd (1997) Cognitive Foundations of Grammar. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Tuan, Yi-Fu (1974) Topophilia: A study of environmental perception, attitudes, and values. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
Anthropological linguistics is the study of the relations between language and culture, and the relations between human biology, cognition and language. This strongly overlaps the field of linguistic anthropology, which is the branch of anthropology that studies humans
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indigenous peoples of the Americas are the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Americas, their descendants, and many ethnic groups who identify with those peoples. They are often also referred to as Native Americans, First Nations
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Bernd Heine (born May 25, 1939 in Mohrungen, East Prussia, now Morąg, Poland) is a German linguist and specialist in African studies.

From 1978 to 2004 Heine held the chair for African Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany.
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Yi-Fu Tuan (Traditional Chinese: 段義孚), born 5 December 1930) is a Chinese-American geographer.

Tuan was born in 1930 in Tientsin, China. He was the son of a middle-class diplomat and was part of the educated class in the then Republic of China.
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cardinal directions, they are north, east, south and west. Though the names may seem arbitrary, there are simple specific means to establish each direction, which should work anywhere on Earth where there is a view of the sky.
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East is a direction in geography. It is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points, opposite of west and at right angles to north and south. East is the direction toward which the Earth rotates about its axis, and therefore the general direction from which the
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WEST can refer to:
  • Western European Summer Time
  • WEST (AM), an AM radio station located in Easton, Pennsylvania

''This article refers to the cardinal direction; for other uses see West (disambiguation).

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Anthem
Nunarput utoqqarsuanngoravit
Nuna asiilasooq


Capital
(and largest city) Nuuk (Godthåb)

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Yurok (also Weitspekan) is a moribund Algic language. It is the traditional language of the Yurok tribe of northwestern California, U.S., most of whom now speak English.
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Klamath River

Klamath River in the high desert country of Northern California


Country | United States
States | Oregon,California
Major city |
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Bernd Heine (born May 25, 1939 in Mohrungen, East Prussia, now Morąg, Poland) is a German linguist and specialist in African studies.

From 1978 to 2004 Heine held the chair for African Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany.
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