Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cognitive Anthropology

Cognitive Anthropology is a sub field of cultural anthropology and is concerned with relationships among language,culture and cognition.Cognitive psychology,structural linguistics and structural anthropology have influenced the development of cognitive anthropology.It sees culture as a system of knowledge and concepts.They are concerned with the accurate description of ethnographic reality.So they consider that words used by people for significant objects and phenomena,alternative meanings to words and variations in meaning according to the context of communication need to be carefully recorded.


Studies in cognitive anthropology in the 1960s gave importance to the classification of the natural world in other cultures as also to other systems of zoological or botanical knowledge.This approach named ethnoscience led to the generation of a flow of folk taxonomy studies.Linguistics have influence on cognitive anthropology.The influence can be seen from the emphasis placed on the recording and study of linguistic categories and also in borrowing linguistic models and paradigms to account for phenomena in the cultural field.

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