- (anthropology, originally and chiefly US) The branch of anthropology that studies language and language use.
- 1881, Otis T. Mason, “Progress of Anthropology in America during the year 1880”, in The American Naturalist, page 621:
- Linguistic anthropology is the study of language, first in its origin, as the medium of communicating thought, emotion and volition.
- 2017, James Wilce, Culture and Communication, page xvi:
- Additionally, linguistic anthropology is one of the four subfields of anthropology, so my linganth tribe’s work overlaps, unsurprisingly, with the work of archaeologists, biological anthropologists, and, especially, social and cultural anthropologists