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componential analysis

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Linguistics.

A technique used to describe the bases and contrasts by which the constituent terms differ in a language and/or culture. Thus, in kinship analysis, son, daughter, and cousin are all in the...

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computer-Assisted Instruction

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — Human Resource Management.

(CAI)

is a training technique where the individual is guided by a computer program through the information to be learned. The method is flexible because trainees can progress at...

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Edmund Leach

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Linguistics.

(1910–1989),

British anthropologist concerned mostly with questions of meaning in culture. Leach rebelled against the social realism of Émile Durkheim and Alfred R. Radcliffe-Brown...

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ethnoscience

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — Social Sciences.

[Th]

An attempt at cultural description from a totally emic standpoint, thus eliminating all the ethnographer's own categories.

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Gregory Bateson

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Linguistics.

(1904 –1980)

A scholar of enormous range who made significant contributions to anthropology, psychology, and zoology. Bateson was born in England and studied natural history before...

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Igbo

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — African Studies.

One of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria, with roughly 17 to 20 million Igbos concentrated in the southeastern part of the country.

Belonging to the Kwa subgroup of the ...

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Mary Douglas

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Linguistics.

(1921–2007)

A prolific and wide-ranging British anthropologist best known for a series of studies of the common underlying structures of human societies. Douglas obtained her...

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Wolof

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Linguistics.

Ethnic group of Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania.

The Wolof, numbering approximately 4.9 million people, are the largest ethnic group in Senegal and form a minority in The Gambia...

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Yoruba

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — African Studies.

Group of peoples sharing the Yoruba language and a range of cultural traditions, concentrated in Nigeria but forming smaller communities in Benin and Togo.

Today more than thirty...

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Zulu

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Linguistics.

A South African Bantu people inhabiting the north-eastern part of Natal and speaking a language of the Niger-Congo group of languages.

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