Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader is a comprehensive collection of the best
work that has been published in this exciting and growing area of
anthropology and is organized to provide a guide to key issues in the study
of language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice.
Editor Alessandro Duranti's extensive introduction provides an original
perspective on the development of the field and highlights its most
compelling issues. Each section of the volume includes a brief introductory
statement, a set of guiding questions, and a recommended further reading
list. The readings are both historically oriented and thematically
coherent, and are grouped according to four themes: speech community and
communicative competence; the performance of language; language
socialization and literacy practices; and the power of language. Duranti
has taken care throughout to trace theoretical and methodological
connections among different authors and research agendas from anthropology
and other disciplines. This is a collection that stands to serve both
scholars and students.