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Chosen for their accessibility and diversity, the readings inMaking Sense of Language: Readings in Culture and Communication, Second Edition, engage students in thinking about the ability to use languageperhaps the most uniquely human of all our characteristicsand how this skill relates to both classical theories of language and contemporary life. Instead of taking an ideological stance on these issues, the text presents a range of theoretical perspectives and bolsters them with pedagogical support, including chapter introductions; critical-thinking, reading, and application questions; and a comprehensive glossary. Weaving in questions of power, gender, identity, ritual, interaction, and the nature of language throughout, the second edition ofMaking Sense of Languageis an exemplary text for courses in language and culture and linguistic anthropology. NEW TO THIS EDITION ·Twenty-nine new chapters that make the text more up-to-date, interesting, relevant, and useful in the classroom · Four new and important topics: Language Origins, Language Socialization, Media, and Generation · Additional maps that aid students' geographical understanding of the countries discussed
Susan D. Blum is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. She has been teaching and writing about language, culture, communication, and human society for more than twenty years. Her research centers on China and the United States. Among her publications are My Word: Plagiarism and College Culture and Lies that Bind: Chinese Truth, Other Truths.