Relatively Speaking: Language, Thought, and Kinship Among the Mopan Maya

Hardcover | April 12, 2001

byEve Danziger

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Based upon 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork among the Mopan Maya in Belize, Eve Danziger examines the semantic complexity of particular kinship terms used among Mopan women and children and shows that a culture-specific analysis of their terms is superior to othernon-ethnographically-based methods. In doing so she contributes not only to theoretical semantics and the ethnography of that area, but to the cross-cultural study of child development and language acquisition.

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Based upon 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork among the Mopan Maya in Belize, Eve Danziger examines the semantic complexity of particular kinship terms used among Mopan women and children and shows that a culture-specific analysis of their terms is superior to othernon-ethnographically-based methods. In doing so she contributes not ...

Eve Danziger is at University of Virginia.
Format:HardcoverPublished:April 12, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"...the greatest achievement of this work is its unique combination of ethnographic and quantitative methodologies. It is this combination that allows the study to rise above the many problems facing anyone who attempts to examine the relativity hypothesis.....The ethnographic research isitself a major contribution to Mayan ethnography. Danziger provides an excellent description of the Mopan system of kinship (and its role in establishing and maintaining social relationships) and her analysis of the importance of the 'tzik' concept of respect will be especially useful toanthropologists and Mayanists."--Linguist