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The Language of Hunter-Gatherers

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The Language of Hunter-Gatherers

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Hunter-gatherers are often portrayed as 'others' standing outside the main trajectory of human social evolution. But even after eleven millennia of agriculture and two centuries of widespread industrialization, hunter-gatherer societies continue to exist. This volume, using the lens of language, offers us a window into the inner workings of twenty-first-century hunter-gatherer societies - how they survive and how they interface with societies that produce more. It challenges long-held assumptions about the limits on social dynamism in hunter-gatherer societies to show that their languages are no different either typologically or sociolinguistically from other languages. With its worldwide coverage, this volume serves as a report on the state of hunter-gatherer societies at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and readers in all geographical areas will find arguments of relevance here.

ISBN: 9781107003682

ISBN-10: 9781107003682

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 04/09/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 12/31/2018 - 12:00am

Pages: 742

Language: English


Linguistics - General

Anthropology - Cultural & Social

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