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The specificity of linguistic anthropology in the thought of Alessandro

Nwauzor Lambert Uwaoma


The major task of this paper is to present and discuss the specificity of linguistic anthropology in the thought of Alessandro Duranti. This discussion takes effect within the range of what Duranti calls the scope and theoretical concern in contemporary linguistic anthropology. In this discussion however, he presents a new interpretation and definition of human being in the perspective of linguistic anthropology. Thus, man is defined by the functionality of his language, as actualizing his social nature.
This work intends to present firstly, the scope of linguistic anthropology which would encompass definition, methods, object and purpose. This would be followed by a consideration of the main concepts that form the major areas of theoretical concern in Duranti’s contemporary linguistic anthropology namely: performance, indexicality and participation. In the concluding section, an attempt to examine Duranti’s project, especially in the light of the method of realistic metaphysics cultivated by the Lublin Philosophical School will be made.

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Language, Anthropology, Man, Society, Culture

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