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Relative Points of View
Linguistic Representations of Culture
Edited by Magda Stroinska
256 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-202-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2001)
ISBN 978-1-57181-340-4 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (February 2001)
"This volume is ... a flashlight offering some interesting and unexpected explorations of the diversity and complexity of the linguistic representation of culture." · Discours & Society
"An interesting book ... The diversity of approaches contained in it and the accessibility lent by its focus on English and Indo-European languages should encourage its use in graduate seminars across several fields of study." · Language in Society
The relationship between language and various kinds of non-linguistic behavior has been of great fascination for many of those working in the fields of cultural anthropology, linguistics, and philosophy, or, broadly understood, cultural studies. The authors in this volume explore this relationship in a number of cultures and social contexts and discuss the problem of linguistic relativism and its application to several areas of social interaction across cultures. The authors deal with such questions as how language and culture intersect resulting in different points of view on reality that are all equally authentic and rooted in experience. The question of the influence of language and culture on our perceptino of physical and social reality is re-examined for such domains as politics, commerce, working with people, religion, and gender relations.
Magda Stroinska teaches in the Department of Modern Languages, McMaster University.