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Ch 17: Language and Communication in Anthropology: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Language and Communication in Anthropology chapter of this Intro to Anthropology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master language and communication in anthropology. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of language and communication in anthropology.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory anthropology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn basic anthropology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding written and oral communication in anthropology
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about language and communication in anthropology
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra social science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Language and Communication in Anthropology chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Language and Communication in Anthropology chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any language or communication question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a language and communication unit of a standard introductory anthropology course. Topics covered include:

  • Language and language regions
  • The world's major languages
  • The beginnings of writing
  • History of the alphabet
  • Descriptive linguistics

13 Lessons in Chapter 17: Language and Communication in Anthropology: Help and Review
The Invention of Writing

1. The Invention of Writing

Writing, the original IT: This lecture covers the limitations and obstacles of aural transmission. It describes the invention of Cuneiform in the fertile crescent. Finally, it explains how writing enabled literate societies to dominate their pre-literate neighbors.

Understanding Sociolinguistics: Social and Linguistic Variation

2. Understanding Sociolinguistics: Social and Linguistic Variation

This lesson will seek to explain the study of sociolinguistics and the concept of ethnography. It will highlight the variations that region, class, relationship, and gender cause in language.

What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process

3. What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process

This lesson will seek to explain the field of descriptive linguistics. In doing so, it will highlight the terms phonology, morphology, and syntax while discussing examples from around the globe.

Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

4. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.

The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

5. The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

Can you guess the most widely spoken languages in the world? This lesson will explore the evolution of languages and how linguists aim to understand them.

The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

6. The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

In this lesson, we explore how written language is expressed in different areas of the world. You'll see examples of other languages that operate with their own characteristics to document information important to that culture.

System Of Communication: Types, Elements & Examples

7. System Of Communication: Types, Elements & Examples

Through this lesson, you will learn about the three types of communication that people use to express themselves; you will also explore some examples of how each of these types operate. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a short quiz.

French Transition Words

8. French Transition Words

Transition words connect ideas to each other, helping the listener make sense of what we say. This article will teach you some French transition words and give examples of how to use them.

French Greeting Phrases

9. French Greeting Phrases

Do you know how to say 'how are you' in French? Learn about several options in this article, plus how to ask how someone is doing and how to say goodbye, among other common phrases.

Demonstrative Pronouns in Spanish

10. Demonstrative Pronouns in Spanish

Which one do you want? This one or that one? This lesson will teach you the vocabulary for the demonstrative pronouns in Spanish and how to use them to say what you want.

Demonstrative Pronouns in French

11. Demonstrative Pronouns in French

Demonstrative pronouns take the place of singular or plural things already described. They can also indicate whether the things are near or far. In French, demonstrative pronouns also indicate whether a noun is masculine or feminine.

Definite and Indefinite Articles in French

12. Definite and Indefinite Articles in French

French has three times as many definite articles as English, since French articles indicate whether something is considered masculine or feminine. Read on to learn what French definite and indefinite articles are and how to use them.

What is Creole Language? - Definition & Phrases

13. What is Creole Language? - Definition & Phrases

Language is a complex series of sounds and gestures that humans use to communicate with one another. When people speaking different languages interact, the result can be new forms of communication. This lesson will discuss one such new form of communication, a creole language.

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