linguistic anthropology

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Compound of linguistic +‎ anthropology. Attested from the 19th century.

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linguistic anthropology (usually uncountable, plural linguistic anthropologies)

  1. (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[1], 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

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