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The Anthropology of Intentions: Language in a World of Others. Alessandro Duranti. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
 
How and to what extent do people take into account the intensions of others is the question The Anthropology of Intentions answers. By analyzing data collected over three decades in the U.S. and Samoa, Duranti shows that a variety of discourses exist where some…

Historian Jean Yarbrough is hardly alone in remembering Thomas Jefferson for “his greatest rhetorical triumph,” namely, the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence,”[i] paragraphs that announced to an astonished world that the United States were ending that “subordination in which they ha[d] hitherto remained” and were “assum[ing] among the powers of the earth the equal & independent status to…

In the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell presents us with a world where systemic thinking, a form of solipsism represented by the Party and embodied in O’Brien, has come to permeate and dominate all aspects of human living. This type of thinking, which adheres rigidly to its own logic, becomes a form of closed-mindedness that recognizes no perspective other than…


Grammar has consequences. My grade school still taught, in the 1980s, that words have gender; people have sex. For decades, grammar nerds have bristled at official forms asking whether their “gender” is male or female. It’s like being asked, “What’s your part of speech?”
Somewhere along the line “gender” became a polite substitute for “sex” (perhaps to reduce snickers from adolescent…

How it is that Donald Trump, who has proudly proclaimed he's a racist and sexist, is the Republican nominee for the presidency? His misogynist comments about Megyn Kelly, Hillary Clinton, and other women as well as his attacks on Muslims, Mexicans, and other minorities had little effect to secure the Republican nomination. What accounted for this?
Part of this probably can…

Dear Robert:
Your kindness has caused me considerable pangs of conscience. Such atten­tion to detail must have cost you much more time than I had anticipated it would.
I feel deeply in debt to you, and especially because the explanations at­tached to your corrections are a course in style that will be of value far beyond the crimes I committed in this…