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Preface About the Authors Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Form of the Message Chapter 3: Language and Cultural Meaning Chapter 4: Contextual Components: Outline of an Ethnography of Communication Chapter 5: Communicative Interactions Chapter 6: Digital Communications and Signed Languages Chapter 7: Learning Language Chapter 8: The Acquisition of Communicate Competence Chapter 9: Societal Segmentation and Linguistic Variation: Class and Race Chapter 10: Language and Gender Chapter 11: Multilingual Nations Chapter 12: Multilingual Communities Chapter 13: Language and Institutional Encounters Summary References Index

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Nancy Bonvillain is professor of anthropology and linguistics at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She is the author of over twenty books on language, culture, and gender, including a series on Native American peoples. In her field work she studied the Mohawk and Navajo, and she has published a grammar and dictionary of the Akwesasne dialect of Mohawk. She received her PhD from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia University, The New School, SUNY Purchase and Stonybrook, and Sarah Lawrence College.

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