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Lecture2Handout_Anthropology_33 - A nthropology 33: Culture...

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1 Anthropology 33: Culture and Communication, Lecture 2 Handout (September 28, 2011) Readings: M.M. Morgan. The African-American Speech Community: Reality and Sociolinguistics. In Reader , Chapter 3. Panic (L. Capps and E.Ochs), Chapters 1 + 2, “The Agony of Agoraphobia,” and “In Her Own Words” Edward Sapir - “The gift of speech and a well ordered language are characteristic of every known group of human beings. No tribe has ever been found which is without language, and all statements to the contrary may be dismissed as mere folklore. There seems to be no warrant whatever for the statement which is sometimes made that there are certain people whose vocabulary is so limited that they cannot get on without the supplementary use of gesture so that intelligible communication between members of such a group becomes impossible in the dark. The truth of the matter is that language is an essentially perfect means of expression and communication among every known people. Of all aspects of culture, it is a fair guess that language was the first to receive a highly developed form and that its essential perfection is a prerequisite to the development of
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