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  • A Grammar of Laoby N.J. Enfield

    De Gruyter 2007; US$ 280.00

    The series builds an extensive collection of high quality descriptions of languages around the world. Each volume offers a comprehensive grammatical description of a single language together with fully analyzed sample texts and, if appropriate, a word list and other relevant information which is available on the language in question. There... more...

  • The Anatomy of Meaningby N. J. Enfield

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 30.00

    This study examines how words combine with hand gestures and other bodily movements to create unified 'composite utterances'. more...

  • Linguistic Epidemiologyby N.J. Enfield

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese. The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on semantic and grammatical change in a linguistic area, as... more...

  • The Utility of Meaningby N. J. Enfield

    OUP Oxford 2014; US$ 104.99

    This book argues that the complex, anthropocentric, and often culture-specific meanings of words have been shaped directly by their history of 'utility' for communication in social life, and explores relations between language, communication, culture, and mind. It contains extensive data from the author's fieldwork on language and culture in Laos. more...

  • Relationship Thinkingby N. J. Enfield

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 77.99

    In Relationship Thinking, N. J. Enfield outlines a framework for analyzing social interaction and its linguistic, cultural, and cognitive underpinnings, by putting human relationships front and center. more...

  • How We Talkby N. J. Enfield

    Basic Books 2017; US$ 38.00

    We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um , uh-huh , oh , like , and mm-hmm . But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk , these "bad words" are fundamental to language. Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice,... more...

  • Person Reference in Interactionby N. J. Enfield; Tanya Stivers

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 38.00

    This book examines how we refer to other people in everyday conversation, across different languages and cultures. more...

  • Distributed Agencyby N. J. Enfield; Paul Kockelman

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 33.99

    Distributed Agency presents an interdisciplinary inroad into the latest thinking about the distributed nature of agency: what it's like, what are its conditions of possibility, and what are its consequences. The book's 25 chapters are written by a wide range of scholars, from anthropology, biology, cognitive science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology,... more...

  • The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropologyby N. J. Enfield; Paul Kockelman; Jack Sidnell

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 140.00

    An essential reference guide, this state-of-the-field survey covers a wide range of topics, approaches and theories in linguistic anthropology. more...

  • Languages of Mainland Southeast Asiaby N.J. Enfield; Bernard Comrie

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 182.00

    The studies in this book represent the rich, diverse and substantial research being conducted today in the linguistics of Mainland Southeast Asia. The chapters cover a broad scope. Several studies address questions of language relatedness, often challenging conventional assumptions about the status of language contact as an explanatory... more...

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