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Blog: A Beginner's Guide to Anthropology

Welcome to the Anthropology 4U blog, “A Beginner’s Guide to Anthropology!” In these posts, I write about the four fields of Anthropology for a general audience. And, I try to make the content easy to understand. So if you don’t know anything about Anthropology and you want to learn, keep reading! You can view the posts by category using the options below, and you can also view posts by tag. I hope you enjoy reading my posts and they teach you a lot about Anthropology. If you have comments or suggestions for future posts, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you! Hope you have a great day!

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Linguistic Anthropology

Linguistic Anthropology: How Are Languages Related?

Linguistic Anthropology is the anthropological study of language. It includes 3 fields: Descriptive Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics. Descriptive Linguistics involves describing languages and writing down spoken languages. Historical Linguistics looks at things like language variation and how language changes

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Must Watch Linguistic Anthropology Videos
Linguistic Anthropology

56 “Must Watch” Linguistic Anthropology Videos

In this blog post, I am continuing my series on “must watch” videos in Anthropology by sharing 56 “must watch” Linguistic Anthropology videos! For previous blog posts in this series, check out 30 “Must Watch” Videos in Cultural Anthropology: Religion

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Linguistic Anthropology

Topics in Linguistic Anthropology: Nonverbal Communication

In addition to speech, humans also use nonverbal communication to communicate. And we actually convey more information through nonverbal communication than we do through speech. Now, there are whole books on nonverbal communication, so this blog post cannot possibly teach

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African American woman whistling
Linguistic Anthropology

Whistle Languages: Using Whistles to Communicate

In a previous blog post, I talked about language and how it includes both sounds and gestures. But, the sounds of language don’t have to include just speech. Some cultures use whistles to communicate. This method of communication is called

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Linguistic Anthropology

How are Culture and Language Interrelated?

In a previous post, I talked about the structure of language. Now, I’d like to talk about the interrelationships between culture and language. Culture influences language. And, language influences culture. Let’s start by looking at how culture influences language. How

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Linguistic Anthropology

The Structure of Language: Phonology, Morphology, and Syntax

In the last post, I talked about language–what it is, and some differences between human and animal communication. Studying language through Anthropology falls under the field of Linguistic Anthropology. Now, I’d like to talk about the structure of language, which

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Want to Learn More About Anthropology?

Do you like this blog? Do you want to learn even more about Anthropology? Check out the Resources section of this website! On the Anthropology Links page, you can view a list of links to websites that are related to Anthropology. On the Recommended Reading page, you can see some of the introductory Anthropology books that I recommend reading. On the Anthropology Articles page, you can read some interesting online articles about topics in Anthropology. And, on the Anthropology 4U videos page, you can view my YouTube videos, all without having to leave this website! Finally, on the SlideShare Presentations page, you can view my SlideShare presentations, also without leaving my website. Don’t know what SlideShare is? Check it out here.

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