Language, Culture, and Mind: Natural Constructions and Social Kinds (Language, Culture and Cognition No. 10)

Language, Culture, and Mind: Natural Constructions and Social Kinds (Language, Culture and Cognition No. 10)

By: Paul Kockelman (author)Hardback

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Based on fieldwork carried out in a Mayan village in Guatemala, this book examines local understandings of mind through the lens of language and culture. It focuses on a variety of grammatical structures and discursive practices through which mental states are encoded and social relations are expressed: inalienable possessions, such as body parts and kinship terms; interjections, such as 'ouch' and 'yuck'; complement-taking predicates, such as 'believe' and 'desire'; and grammatical categories such as mood, status and evidentiality. And, more generally, it develops a theoretical framework through which both community-specific and human-general features of mind may be contrasted and compared. It will be of interest to researchers and students working within the disciplines of anthropology, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy.

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Paul Kockelman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University.


1. Language, culture, mind: emblems of the status human; 2. Inalienable possessions: what hearts, mothers, and shadows have in common; 3. Interclausal relations: how to enclose a mind by disclosing a sign; 4. Myths about time and theories of mind: why the moon married the sun; 5. Other minds and possible worlds: when psychological depth is dialogical breadth; 6. Interjections: why the center of emotion is at the edge of language; 7. Conclusion: natural constructions and social kinds.

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  • publication date: 18/02/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780521516396
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780521516396
  • weight: 530
  • ISBN10: 0521516390

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