Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 September 2016

656 Pages | 47

8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190456986

Bookseller Code (04)

Making Sense of Language

Readings in Culture and Communication

Third Edition

Susan D. Blum

Chosen for their accessibility and variety, the readings in Making Sense of Language: Readings in Culture and Communication, Third Edition, engage students in thinking about the nature of language--arguably the most uniquely human of all our characteristics--and its involvement in every aspect of human society and experience. Instead of taking an ideological stance on specific issues, the text presents a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives and bolsters them with pedagogical support, including unit and chapter introductions; critical-thinking, reading, and application questions; suggested further reading; and a comprehensive glossary. Questions of power, identity, interaction, ideology, and the nature of language and other semiotic systems are woven throughout the third edition of Making Sense of Language, making it an exemplary text for courses in language and culture, linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and four-field anthropology.

New to this Edition:

  • Thirty new readings that bring the text up to date and make it more interesting, relevant, and useful in the classroom
  • Two new sections: "Verbal Art and Affect" and "Coda: Action in the World"
  • Renamed or combined sections on gender and sexuality, indexing identity, and diversity and complexity

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