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Context, culture and structuration in the languages of Australia

Evans, Nicholas


Using Australian languages as examples, cultural selection is shown to shape linguistic structure through invisible hand processes that pattern the unintended outcomes (structures in the system of shared linguistic norms) of intentional actions (particular utterances by individual agents). Examples of the emergence of culturally patterned structure through use are drawn from various levels: the semantics of the lexicon, grammaticalized kin-related categories, and culture-specific organizations...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Annual Review of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1146/annurev.anthro.32.061002.093137


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