By Laurens van der Post
Publish yr note: First released in 1976
Presented jointly now for the 1st time, Laurens van der Post's amassed writings will demonstrate as by no means earlier than the fullness of his perceptive, clever and remarkably constant imaginative and prescient. In them all his proposal has been that of an adventurous pioneer exploring not only the outward points of a turbulent and stricken international yet, at a deeper point, the styles and paradoxes of human existence, the myths and desires of the human brain, the values and cultures of other peoples, the elusive springs of our personal humans.
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All of what they’ve learned — from the fascinating study of how humans acquire language to the layers of meaning that seem to only be present in human communication — give humanity a better understanding of just how unique and precious language is. 15 16 Part I: What is Anthropology? That uniqueness is in jeopardy, though, because languages become extinct every year as more people take up just speaking just one of the handful of main languages spoken worldwide today. Making Sense of Anthropology’s Methods Anthropology’s methods also range from lab analysis of DNA to taking notes on Sicilian (or any culture’s) body language.
Linguistics Depending on whom you ask, humanity as a whole speaks something like 6,000 human languages. Chapter 13 explains what language is as well as how linguistic anthropologists investigate how language evolved in the first place — one of the most fascinating questions in all of anthropology. In laying out a clear definition of language, linguistic anthropologists have had to compare human communication with the communication systems of other living things. All of what they’ve learned — from the fascinating study of how humans acquire language to the layers of meaning that seem to only be present in human communication — give humanity a better understanding of just how unique and precious language is.
20 Par t I: What is Anthropology? Getting to the Heart of Anthropology An exciting passage of Homer’s Odyssey finds Odysseus and crew spying distant figures on an island they’re about to land on and wondering about the people they’ll encounter. Do those strange folk plant crops in an orderly fashion or do they forage for their food? Do they revere the gods and have laws and lawful assemblies? Or are these some other kind of people — savages, maybe? Savages, of course, would be people who didn’t do things the Greek way .
A Mantis Carol by Laurens van der Post