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Ethnosyntax: Explorations in Grammar and Culture

N. J. Enfield

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199266500
eISBN:
9780191719363
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266500.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This book provides a new approach to the ‘ethnosyntax’ concept — the proposition that the grammar of a language is intimately linked to the culture of its speakers. It focuses on three related ... More


Time flies like an arrow

Gerry T. M. Altmann

in The Ascent of Babel: An Exploration of Language, Mind, and Understanding

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198523772
eISBN:
9780191689017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523772.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines the importance of grammar in children’s selection and retrieval of words from the mental lexicon for use in expressing an idea. Grammar ensures that the speaker and the hearer’s ... More


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